Police Lambasts Incoherent Story Of Pastor That Survived Assassins
By Great Osibe
The Police in Anambra state have literally declared war on opposition views arising from mixed feelings that greeted the divine protection of a fast-rising miracle-performing pastor and General Overseer of Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry, Awka, Prophet David Elijah.
Prophet Elijah, it was reported, escaped unhurt after 35 bullet shots were rained on him by suspected assassins.
The initial confusion which led to some media reports that the assassination attempt took place at the church premises near the ‘B’ Divisional Police station Awka beside the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka stemmed from the presence of the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the station.
The officers took picture with the embattled pastor in his bullet-riddled cloth when there was no formal report of the attack to the police.
It is now certain that the said incident did not take place in Awka but in Enugu.
The social media were abuzz with tell-tale suggestions regarding the torn clothes the pastor was wearing during the assassination bid.
People, who know the pastor was always guarding himself and travelling with security aides but was alone in the car at the time of the attack, faulted the story.
The assassination attempt, according to the pastor, took place at Udi in Enugu state, but no report of the attack was made to any police station in Enugu.’
Rather, Pastor Elijah rather drove himself some 20 kilometres back to his church in Awka where his parishioners erupted in praise songs for his miraculous escape after he had narrated the incident to them.
Narrating his ordeal, Pastor Elijah had told his congregation that four boys in a Camry car, who he later learned had trailed him from Enugu, over-sped and double-crossed him.
Thereafter, two of them rained bullets in his front while the other two rained bullets at his back which did not penetrate into his body.
Said the General Overseer:
“When I came in from Lagos, I landed in Enugu as I was on my way to Awka.
“When I got to Udi, I discovered a gunshot… They were shooting me but the bullets were not penetrating.
“The bullet was coming directly to me. By the grace of God it was not penetrating, so I had to park the car…
“At that point they pushed me down and at that time I had to raise my voice and told them that they should stop shooting me as the bullet will not enter my body.
“I told them that I have money and that they can take it. I told that that I have a million naira in my car and that they can take it.
“But they said they don’t need the money, that they were sent to kill me and given N5 million”.
According to the pastor, the assassins were always mentioning his name and at a point, one of them suggested that since the bullets do not penetrate, they should push him into the boot.
But as he was praying in spirit, another countered and said they should kill him.
“As I was praying in spirit, I did not know what happened, they just turned and entered their car and left.
“They said this man is a man of God,” Prophet Elijah added.
Piqued by some media reports that linked the police to the incident initially in Awka, the State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar through the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi confirmed the incident.
He said the incident took place on Thursday 6th September, 2018, between 9am to 10am, in a chat with newsmen weekend.
However, he described as mischievous, reports that the attack took place in Anambra State.
According to him, the pastor said that he was attacked by unknown gunmen along Enugu-Udi road in Enugu State and his vehicle was riddled with bullets but he escaped unhurt.
“However, instead of reporting the incident at the nearest Police Station where the incident took place, the Pastor drove himself to his church in Awka and attracted the attention of his congregation who were waiting for him at the church premises for a church event.
“Following the incident, the Commissioner of Police directed the DPO ‘B’ Division to immediately proceed to the church and ascertain the true situation.
“The DPO visited the Pastor at his church and even took photographs with him to clear the ambiguity.
“In view of the foregoing, the Command implores members of the public too disregard such misleading reports from mischievous elements who are bent at portraying the state in bad light in order to achieve their selfish goals.
“The Command wishes to advise Ndi Anambra at home and in the diaspora to avoid mischievous media and individuals who continue to make spirited attempts to misinform members of the public.
“We should all strive to work in the best interests of our dear State and the Nation in General,” Police stated.
At the church premises, a parishioner who was among the church members who had come earlier for a four-day programme tagged “Not my Blood”, billed to start on the fateful day, said that the pastor drove himself to the church and on arrival was about falling down but was rescued by some members who carried him up.
It was praise galore as the congregation have attributed the escape of their pastor to God’s protection and guidance.
The four-day crusade ended Sunday.