A self-acclaimed pastor has been arrested in Cross River State over alleged possession of a human skull.
Naija News understands that the suspect was arrested by the state police command following a complaint from a concerned citizen on a threat to life.
It was gathered that the self-acclaimed clergy, Michael Bassey, 45, heads a worship centre with the name United Evangelical Church.
Confirming Bassey’s arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Sikiru Akande said the suspect was arrested at No. 56 Uwanse by Asuquo Ekpo Street in Calabar South.
Akande said; “The suspect was arrested with one human skull tied with the complainant’s picture and carved human image with red clothes.
“Investigation is still ongoing and the suspect will be arraigned in court.”
Bassey however denied being into any diabolical act. He told newsmen that he has been conducting healing services for his congregation members before his arrest.
He said: “I don’t know anything about this human skull. I am innocent of the charges against me. my mother gave me Bible and garment as a young boy, then I started helping people by liberating them from various curses and enchantments,’
“I started by liberating my family who always “sacrificed” their male children for the female ones to survive, I broke that covenant and I have been liberating people in Cross River and beyond, I am not a killer, I only help people.
“I am not a herbalist, I am a prophet, I was ordained at a Church ( names withheld)at Azikiwe Street, Calabar by my spiritual father. After I liberate people, they come back and show appreciation, I am not a native doctor, ” the suspect added.
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