A woman simply identified as Madam Bosede was burnt beyond recognition after a prophet in her church, the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) on Unity Street in Abule-Egba in Lagos, set her ablaze while trying to show that he was a true man of God during his sermon last Sunday January 17th.
According to The Nation, the prophet while preaching, said he heard the “spirit of God” tell him that he was in their midst and that that if he sets the woman ablaze, nothing will happen to her. He called up the woman, asked for Kerosene to be poured on her right in the church and then struck a match stick. Unfortunately, she started burning.
Narrating what happened, Bosede said:
“Our prophet said the spirit of God whispered to him that I would not burn if he sets me on fire. When I came out, they poured kerosene on my body and set me ablaze.
But, unfortunately, I was burnt beyond recognition and before the other church members could get water, the deed had already been done”she said.
Speaking on the incident, the prophet said he clearly heard a voice instructing him to set a member on fire to prove and confirm that God was in their midst.
“I heard the voice clearly, but I don’t know what happened after we set fire on her. God has been speaking to me since and it has been working, so I wonder why now,” he said.
The victim is currently lying critically ill in the hospital. Meanwhile some members of the church have sworn never to go back to the church again “We cannot worship here again.
Who knows who the spirit will ask him to burn next”one of them said.
A resident of the area identified as Irene Ohekina said: “I don’t pity her; she was the one who allowed herself to be deceived by the prophet. Why did the prophet not try the fire on himself or any of his family member?”
Another resident simply Nkechi said for the prophet to have given such instruction, it must have come from God, adding “I believe it’s the sins of the victim that made her burn, the prophet of God could not have lied.”she said
Daniel Ayodele, who also witnessed the incident said: “This whole thing is funny, when the pastor said the woman should be set on fire, why did she not refuse or was she scared to disobey the prophet. Now, she is writhing in pains on the hospital bed and I am sure the prophet is elsewhere enjoying himself.”