A Charismatic prophet from Nigeria has been arrested by the Police for a little stunt that went viral, after he was filmed performing a “money-making ritual” by throwing money at a bunch of naked men in the river.
The action by Mr. Onyebuchi Okocha, founder of Children of Light Anointing Ministries and popularly known as Prophet Onyeze Jesus, was just one of a series of bizarre actions that have him on people’s radar and which prompted the police to step in.
The other issue of note is claiming he will raise several people from the dead later today, January 28th, prompting the government to issue a bulletin to morgues and hospitals several days before, telling them to keep an eye on their corpses and not give the prophet access to them.
Prophet Onyeze Jesus was arrested by the government for “criminal and indecent conduct in the name of religion.” They released a statement about the affair, explaining:
Onyeze Jesus promotes superstition and strife in society. By telling his gullible and brainwashed followers that their misfortune is caused by family members, relatives, friends and business associates through magical powers, he is fomenting serious troubles and instigating eternal enmity in various places and businesses. Some of these troubles can lead to physical fights, bodily injuries and even deaths.
By throwing plenty of naira notes into the river regularly as part of sacrifice to the river goddess and filming it and distributing the film to the whole world, he has brought Anambra State into global ridicule, and worse, gregariously committed a criminal offense. Burning or destroying the naira through any means is an offense criminalized by the Central Bank of Nigeria Act of 2007, and the offender is liable to imprisonment.
By forcing his disciples to have a bath naked in a river, then film the naked adults and distribute the videos across the globe, Onyeze Jesus is guilty of denying his followers the right to self-dignity and of promoting indecent exposure, which is a crime under the Nigerian law.
These of course are actions that Dr. Michael Brown would have no reasonable grounds to object to. Once you’ve defended the “Sneaky Squid Spirit,” you’ve really backed yourself into a corner and limited what you will and will not accept.
According to reports, the Anambra State Ministry of Health “warned public and private hospitals and mortuaries operating in the state against allowing ‘Onyeze Jesus’ access to their facilities to carry out his practices after he claimed he could raise 7 corpses from the dead on the 28th of January, 2021”