A Gambian Pastor, Owen Abraham, has allegedly absconded with 52 phones, money, and valuables of residents of Aponrin in Agbowo, Ibadan who came for a crusade organised by him.
Some of his victims said he was led by God to come to Ibadan from Gambia for the crusade, Independent reports on Friday.
Abraham on the last day of the three days crusade claimed that the Holy Spirit directed him to tell people to submit their phones and valuables, but later absconded with it.
A victim, Mrs Grace Akintola said many widows went for the crusade because the Pastor promised to give each person a bag of rice and money, adding that Abraham also promised to empower students with scholarships.
She said, He lured us into three days of fasting and prayer and was nowhere to be found on the last day of the crusade as all efforts to reach him proved abortive.
Mrs Akintola, a widow while recounting her ordeal said, “The Pastor approached an Igbo lady in our area to assist him to gather widows and students, he said he wanted to help us.
“Someone in my area invited me for the crusade, the crusader wear Pastor regalia, he said he will buy a house for one of us, he said the house is fully furnished.
“He promised money to give to some people who attend the crusade, even politicians can not give out such money.
“On the last day of the crusade, he sold a bottle of water for us at the rate of N4,800, he said perfume is inside the bottled water, and many people paid for the water.”