Victims’ Mother Supports Action
By Ovie Okpare
Self-acclaimed pastor, Amos Kosini and his wife are on the run after the cleric allegedly flogged his son, Faithful to death over allegation of witchcraft at Ogirisen community of Elume, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State.
Two other children of his church member, Paradise and Wonderful Godspower now in critically condition at an hospital also sustained severe injuries in the hands of the cleric.
It was learnt that the school lesson-teacher turned prophet was allegedly conducting ‘deliverance’ on the children for alleged possession of ‘evil spirits’ when one of the victims, his biological son accused of being a wizard, died torturous ordeal.
The incident, NIGER DELTA TODAY Online exclusively learnt, occurred after series of deliverance sessions the ‘pastor’ had with his deceased son and four other children camped at his ‘self-contain’ apartment in the agrarian community.
Our correspondent who visited the community on Monday gathered that ‘Pastor’ Kosini, had since absconded alongside his wife after the incident.
Faithful, five, reportedly died of the injuries inflicted on him by his father last Thursday February 6, 2020.
Among the five children tortured by the cleric on the guise of conducting ‘spiritual deliverance’ are four females and a male – eight-year-old Paradise, Wonderful (4), Faithful (5), Winner and Goodness.
The gloomy tale of the sad incident still pervades the nooks and cranny of the peaceful community when NIGER DELTA TODAY Online visited.
“The incident happened last week Thursday. He (Pastor) tortured his son to death for being a wizard and possessing evil spirits. Our people have been sad since the incident happened because we so much trusted him. He killed his own son in the name of deliverance”, a community youth leader who simply identified himself as Francis told our reporter.
Fugitive Kosini was alleged to have used the ‘electric wire’ to inflict pains on the children.
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When this reporter visited the hospital where the children are receiving hospital, a staff of the hospital in the community confirmed the incident.
The staff who declined not to be mentioned said, “Wonderful, the most injured of them loss so much blood when she was rushed here. We did all we could to revive her and she is now gradually responding to treatment.
One of the injured children, Paradise, while narrating their ordeal to our correspondent disclosed that they have been under torture since December 14, 2019 over allegation of witchcraft.
“Our big uncle (Pastor) said evil spirits are in our bodies. He also said we are going to coven and that the devil was coming to give us sweet. He used wire to flog us. It was in the process that Faithful died”
When, however, asked by this reporter if she has been travelling to any spiritual world, she denied. She added that the allegation against her and her siblings was not true.
When contacted on telephone over the incident, the mother of the victims, Mrs Omasheye Godspower confirmed accusing the children of being possessed with evil spirits, adding that there were prophesies that the children plot to kill their father.
On December 14, 2019, God revealed to the ‘Man of God’ that the children – Anointing, Paradise, Wonderful and Goodness – are possessed and being given evil sweets. If they are sleeping, ‘they will be asking, have you drink your blood? I have drank my own oh.’
“If they are going to coven, they will hold groundnut shells on their hands. Anointing told us that the coven is very beautiful. She said the coven is finer than this world. She stated that the person they see there told them that he is the god of the whole world but they don’t see us (the parents) there.
“Our pastor (Amos) now told us that it was my father’s ‘juju’ that entered the children. The pastor already had done the deliverance for them. It was because they were readmitted into the evil world after they had been delivered that made the ‘man of God’ to flog them.
“They also lied to the ‘man of God’ (Pastor Amos). It wasn’t as if the pastor was doing deliverance with flogging. They told them from the evil world to kill their father as well as to bring my last child for initiation into their coven”, she stated.
When NIGER DELTA TODAY Online requested for the number of the pastor from Mrs Omasheye Godspower to get his reaction to the allegation, she said she was no longer having the number and the pastor travelled to Ondo State with his wife.
She disclosed that she and her husband would not be taking actions against the pastor as the cleric had been of immense support for her family.
When contacted on the incident, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa said the matter was not reported to the police as he had contacted the police division in the area who claimed the matter had not been reported to them.