TRAGIC: Prophet Kills Himself In Church Over Rejection In Lagos

The irony of life! A man, identified simply as Prophet Wale, has killed himself in a Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ona Iwa Mimo, on Otunba Bamidele Street, in the Ikotun area of Lagos.

According to PUNCH, the Prophet had approached the owner of the church, a prophetess, to be part of her ministry. He reportedly claimed to be a prophet and said he would love to assist her.

The woman rejected him and the Prophet became angry...

He was said to have grabbed a bottle, broke it and stabbed himself in the neck.

The matter was reported at the Ikotun Police Division on Wednesday.

When Punch visited the community on Thursday, it was observed that many of the residents were reluctant to discuss the incident. At the church, a man, who identified himself as Noah, declined comment.

He said no relatives of the woman who rejected him were available for comment.

“The prophetess family members are not available for now. My phone is also dead; so I cannot even give you my contact,” he said.

But some of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.

They said the victim’s death caused commotion on the street, adding that policemen from Igando, Ikotun and Idimu divisions trooped to the street in three vans.

A witness said, “It was around 5pm. I was passing by and I saw a crowd of people on the church premises. Policemen and three police vans from Ikotun, Idimu and Igando police divisions were there.

“The police took the corpse and arrested the owner of the church. I cannot tell what led to the death because I don’t live with them. I don’t know the man. He is a stranger in this community.”

Another resident said the victim was likely to be one of those sleeping in the church.

“Many people sleep in that church and something could have led to his death. It could have been frustration and it might be something different,” he said.

A police source, however, revealed that: “The owner of the church is claiming that she has never met the man before.

“She said the man just came to her and said he was a pastor from Bayelsa State and he was living in Apapa, but would like to be part of her ministry.

“She claimed that when she asked for his address, and relatives, he did not answer her.

“When the woman refused to allow him, he brought out a bottle, broke it and stabbed himself to death.”

The police source said the victim allegedly stabbed himself in the neck and bled to death.

“He had a deep gash in his neck. But the woman’s testimony is still under investigation and she is currently in detention,” he added.

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