By Mustapha Ogunsakin
A witness Mr John Okoroafor, has narrated how a man of God known as Prophet Ernest, the General Overseer of Holy Family, Happy Family Ministry, allegedly made an apparition in a dream to instruct a Rosemary Chukwu, a former church member to kidnap a child.
Okoroafor, the Assistant General Overseer of the church made the revelation on Thursday at the ongoing kidnap trial of Chukwu at an Ikeja High Court.
Chukwu allegedly kidnapped the six-year-old male child (name withheld) on June 25, 2014, from the premises of the Holy Family, Holy Family Ministry located in Ikorodu, Lagos.
Chukwu a housewife who resides at No. 33 Omologede St., Majidun, Ikorodu, is standing trial on a charge of kidnapping contrary to Section 257 of Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
Okoroafor, while being led in evidence by Ms Abike Oluwasanmi, narrated how Chukwu made the revelation while giving statements to the police at the Panti Police Station.
“The police questioned her and she told them that yes, Prophet Ernest asked her to kidnap a child.
“She said that Prophet Ernest used to appear in her dreams to give her the instructions to kidnap the child.
“At that point, all the policemen looked at themselves, they asked her to go and they also asked me to go,” Okoroafor said.
Earlier in his testimony, Okoroafor told the court that on July 25, 2014 while heading to the church, he was warned by a member of the church about an irate mob attacking the church.
The mob allegedly attacked the premises after Chukwu who was caught with the kidnapped child and had allegedly confessed that the crime was committed with the pastor’s instructions.
“A lot of people came into the Ministry and they started beating people, burning things and beating the General Overseer.
“I asked where Prophet Ernest (the General Overseer) is, and I was told he was in Ikorodu Police Station to make a statement.
“I went there with some of our members and when we got there, Prophet Ernest was taken to a clinic for treatment.
“Some members of the Ministry and I went to Prophet Ernest’s house at Ikorodu to pray about the matter and while there, I was called to Panti, Yaba to give a statement,” he said.
Okoroafor added that he was briefly acquainted with Chukwu when she used to attend the church.
“In 2012, she told me that she had opened her Ministry and that I should come and pray with her.
“I went to see her, saw her two children, prayed with her and left, that was the last time I saw her, ” he said.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso adjourned the case until June 1 for continuation of trial.