Friday, October 25, 2013

SSS arrests fake born-again Boko Haram member in Enugu

The operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), in Enugu have arrested a 35-year-old man, who allegedly goes duping people in church with a false testimony that he was a Boko Haram member but has converted to Christianity.

Enugu State Director of SSS, Mr. Victor Duru, who addressed newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said the suspect, Daniel, aka 'Shuaibu Shehu Rabiu' started the deception in 2001 at the Christ Apostolic Church, Durumi, Area 1 Abuja.

He was reported to have lied to the pastors of the church that he was a Muslim, who converted to Christianity and was able to attract their sympathy and subsequent financial assistance.

On the basis of this, the suspect was said to have visited several churches sharing his false testimony and making money out of it.

The churches so far visited by the suspect, include Four Square Gospel Church, Bodeja, Glory Tabernacle, Bodeja, and End Time Awareness Church aka Wonderland, Monia, Christ Apostolic Church, Ajibode, Ibadan, all in Oyo State.

Others are Royal Church, Awka and the Spoken Word Church, Awka, Anambra State.

The SSS director said before his arrest, the suspect claimed to have been invited as a guest speaker in a youth programme by a Church in Awka Anambra State.

The suspect was also said to have claimed that while on his way back to Yola, Adamawa State, on August 21, the commercial bus he boarded broke down at 9th Mile in Enugu State. He had told his victims that because the driver of the bus refused to refund them their fares, he was stranded and that he called his host, who could not come to his aid, hence, he had to proceed to the now-demolished Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church, to solicit for help.

The Director of SSS urged Nigerians to be wary of people going about sharing bogus testimonies especially if the intention was to seek help or get money.

The 35-year-old suspect, who insisted that he was a missionary, told newsmen that he was neither a Christian nor a Muslim and that he was never a member of Boko Haram.

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