Pastor sets lady on fire during special prayer inside Church
Police operatives in Ogun State have reportedly arrested a pastor of a Cherubim and Seraphim church in the state, Taiwo Odebiyi, for setting a 21-year-old lady identified as Sukura Owodunni ablaze during a recent deliverance programme in his church.
The PUNCH reported that policemen from the Adigbe Divisional Police Station in Abeokuta, the state capital arrested the pastor on Tuesday at his church situated in the Sagamu area of the state.
It was gathered that the incident happened on August 17, 2023, when the victim visited the church for a special prayer at the pastor’s invitation.
The pastor, according to reports, directed the victim to buy Amazing Grace perfume, local eggs and a candle for the special prayer.
While praying for her, the pastor reportedly poured the perfume on the lady’s body and lit the candle.
But immediately after the pastor lit the candle, Owodunni was said to have gone up in flames, causing serious burns to her chest, shoulder and legs.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Omolola Odutola, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, noted that further investigation had commenced to unravel the circumstances surrounding the case.
“The lady was said to have been abandoned to fend for her medical bills after the incident. The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“Our men have arrested the suspect. The case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department after the preliminary investigation is perfected,” Odutola said.