An evangelist is in trouble after telling people he knows of a door to heaven from southwestern Nigeria that he can show them – for a fee.
Pastor Ade Abraham was reported to police by one of his followers, who said the pastor charged him 310,000 naira ($750; £600) to view the supposed site in the town of Araromi-Ugbeshi , in Ekiti State.
The cleric admitted to the BBC that he made the statement about the gate of heaven, saying it was ‘the God he serves’ who revealed it to him to test the faith of his church members , but says he has not received any payment.
The Christian Association of Nigeria released a statement disowning Pastor Ade Abraham, and the Ekiti State Police took written statements from members of his church and launched an investigation.
Pastor Ade Abraham’s church was originally based in Kogi State and then Kaduna State before moving south with his followers to a camp he built in Kogi State. ‘Ekiti.
The parishioner who reported him to the police has since returned home to Kaduna state, but his wife refused to join him, saying the ‘kidnapping’ was coming soon.
But the couple, who do not wish to be named, told the BBC they speak to each other on the phone every day.
Pastor Ade, also known as Noah Abraham, recently went viral with a video in which he asked congregants to tell loved ones living abroad to contribute money to his church.
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