Noah Abraham, the well known founder of Christ High Commission Church, Araromi-Ugbesi in Omuo-Oke, Ekiti State, was detained again for more serious charges. Noah Abraham made headlines last year when he was accused of obtaining 30,000 Naira from churchgoers as a ticket to paradise.
This time, the contentious pastor was taken into custody by the Ekiti State Police Command and the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, or NAPTIP, on charges of allegedly kidnapping over nine people, including minors, and getting his choir coordinator’s wife pregnant.
It was learned that some of the captives were his members’ kids, who he had brainwashed, hypnotised, and turned against their parents.
Narrating their ordeal, some of the parents of the children who were kept hostage, church members and even the legal wife of Pastor Abraham, who had staged a protest to the Ekiti State Police Command pleaded with the Government and appropriate authorities to assist them in getting their children, wife and relatives out of the captivity of the Pastor.
According to them, Pastor Abraham forced their children to withdraw from school while a 27-year-old man who was already working in an unnamed company where he was given an official vehicle was asked to resign and kept in the camp without a specific mission
Speaking with Journalists, the choir coordinator of the church, Mr Dare Ikuenayo confirmed that the pastor snatched and impregnated the mother of his three children.
He said: “I joined the church in Kabba, Kogi State but one day, the pastor called me and notified me that my wife had a gift of prophesy that I should allow her to stay with him for a month and work for God which I oblige.
“But suddenly I noticed that my wife was not even willing to see or talk to me. While I was trying to raise eyebrows, the pastor announced in the church that he had taken my wife and no one could take her from him.
“I tried my best but all to no avail until he impregnated her and moved her into his house fully.”
The pastor’s wife, Mrs. Mary Abraham, testified that one night after their group arrived in Omuo-Ekiti for the cancelled divine mission, her husband asked her to leave because he wanted the choir coordinator’s wife to take over house.
She claimed, “He told me the work he was doing now needed the woman to be with him, so he ejected me and stopped me from seeing my three kids.
“He withdrew all of my children from school, and made their lives miserable, I wept when I saw my son yesterday after the police brought him here. I am begging Nigerians to help me take my children from him.”
Similarly, one of the pastors working under Abraham, said his son, who was already working in a reputable institution was asked to resign and held hostage.
The Pastor said, “Even when I logged in complaint at the police station, I was offered access to two of my three children but on our way home he called them and asked them to run back which they did.
“He is always telling us that we have different curses and evil spirits working against us, he would ask us to sell our property and bring the money to him. I have invested almost 7 million in the church, I am left with nothing. Even my children don’t want to see me, I don’t know what he did to them.”
Another old woman who is the elder sister to Pastor Abraham alleged that he took almost a million naira from her on different occasions on the account that he wanted to cleanse her of evil spirits.
It was also gathered that there are many other complaints against Pastor Abraham with different stories too elaborate and sensitive for media publication.
Reacting, Pastor Abraham said the heaven ticket saga was his first assignment, saying he was done with what God had sent him to earth to do and he was ready to go back to his creator.
He refused to provide an explanation for his conduct, instead claiming that he was fulfilled because he had completed his responsibilities as instructed by God.
In the meantime, the coordinator’s wife, whom the founder impregnated, is still alive.
The investigation is proceeding in cooperation with NAPTIP, according to Sunday Abutu, a spokesman for the Ekiti State Police Command, who talked with journalists. He said that the police would follow up with more information.
Remember that on April 27, 2022, Pastor Abraham was taken into custody in Omuo, Ekiti, after gathering over forty people in a camp and demanding 3,000 Naira from each of them as a fare to heaven. Nevertheless, a magistrate granted him bail.