3 worshippers have been confirmed dead during deliverance service at a Church located in the outskirt of Warri, by the police.
DSP Andrew Aniamaka, state’s police PR, confirmed the incident on Tuesday.
According to him, one of the deceased drowned, while the two others died during a prayer session in the church at the weekend.
“The information actually is that one worshipper drowned and two died in
the church; that is the information available to me at the moment,”
A source who earlier spoke with newsmen revealed that the deceased
comprised of a 10-year-old boy, identified as Emmanuel Odili; Mrs
Beatrice Nwachukwu and Mr Antonio Abba.
The source, who spoke in
confidence, added that the late Odili, had on Friday accompanied his
mother to the church to worship, but fell into a pit inside the church
premises and died, his corpse was later found on Saturday, by members of
the church after he had been declared missing by his parents, NAN
The source said that the church authority deposited the
remains of the boy at a morgue before reporting the incident at
Eburumede Police Station.
“The authority of the church alleged that the deceased had mental disorder which was denied by the parents.
the matter was being investigated, some members of the church on
Saturday came to report that Mrs Nwachukwu and Mr Abba had died during
deliverance in the church.
“They (church authority) said that
Nwachukwu slumped during the prayer session; they also claimed she had
high blood pressure but the husband denied it.”
When contacted, the spokesman of the church, Mr Godday Emiko, denied the allegation through a text message.
“Sorry, I miss your call, there is nothing like that,” Emiko said.