A white garment prophet identified as Segun Philips who was accused of killing one Miss Favour Daley for ritual purposes has been disowned by the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, the umbrella body of C and S churches worldwide.
It will be recalled that Miss Daley, a 22-years-old final year student of the Lagos State University (LASU) was allegedly killed for money ritual purposes by 23-year-old Adeeko Owolabi, her boyfriend with the help of the prophet.
Luck, however, ran out on him when he was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command but not after the victim had been killed.
Reacting to the development, the C&S Church in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Apostle M. O. Adeyemi said there is no record where Segun Philips is associated with the C & S and officers of the church in Irewole/Isokan Local Government Area of Osun State where the crime was committed.
The church denied knowledge of Segun Philips as a member of the Holy Order.
The statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday said, “We have contacted all our officers in the Zone and they said they did not know him or his church. Besides, our Youth Fellowship went as far as locating his church and came with the reports (including photographs) of not seeing any signpost or imprint of C & S in his place of worship.
“We wonder why the Press hurriedly tagged him a “C & S Prophet”. We are not unmindful of the fact that many charlatans hide under the Freedom of Association as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution to set up places of worship for different purposes. Some of them adopt white garments and mimick our mode of worship even when they are not registered or under the episcopal authority of the leadership of the C & S.
“We appeal to the members of the Press to always ascertain the true identity of some fake Pastors and Prophets wearing white garments to deceive unsuspecting members of the public for pecuniary gains.”
The Church while commiserating with the family of the killed lady, also went ahead to condemn the act in its entirety, labelling it as a devilish act and urged security operatives to ensure justice is served.
“It is rather unfortunate that anybody calling himself a Christian could be that devilish and kill a fellow human being for money-making ritual. The C & S Church is a Bible-believing Church that strongly believes in the sacredness of the blood of Jesus and frowns at any blood-letting rituals. ”
“The C & S Unification Church of Nigeria strongly condemns the act and urged the law enforcement officers to fish out the ilks of Philips before killing more unsuspecting Nigerians.
“The Church also commiserate with the family of the young undergraduate and the entire Lagos State University (LASU) community”.