Pastor Ade Abraham of Christ High Commission Ministry, also known as Royal Christ Assembly, Kaduna State, who charged his members N310,000 to fly them to heaven has stated that he got authority to do so from God.
According to the Ekiti State Police Command, Pastor Abraham was invited for questioning.
Pastor Abraham’s church was formerly based in Kaduna state but he relocated to Omuo-Ekiti in 2021.
Apparently, he went to establish the new camp and ordered members to relocate to the church by paying the sum of N310,000 each so they can have access to heaven at the end of the world.
Sources say over 40 persons are already camping in his church at the Araromi-Ugbesi in Omuo-Oke, Ekiti state and preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ ‘rapture’.
They have vowed not to come back as they say they are going to heaven from the camp.
According to BBC Pidgin, the pastor believes a “mighty palace” will descend from heaven and land on his church, where members would live forever with the “one that sent him.”
Pastor Abraham confirmed to BBC Yoruba on Wednesday that he truly charged his congregation N310,000 and he made the declaration when he noticed that his members’ troubles were increasing.
He affirmed that he did it because he got the authority of God whom he said had called him to become a cleric.
“Truly I told my congregation to pay N310,000, I made the declaration when I noticed that my members’ troubles were increasing.
“I did it because I got the authority of God who called me to practise for all that want to serve the Lord with their whole heart.
“I have never received any payment yet from any member of the church, and the Ekiti State Police has intervened in the matter.
“I was called by the police for Investigation and all the members of the church were there and all of them took notes of what happened,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter has denied knowing Abraham, who is alleged to be resident in the state.
Rev. John Joseph Hayab, CAN Kaduna state chairman, in a statement said, “The attention of the CAN Kaduna State Chapter has been drawn to the news in circulation in some sections of the media about one pastor described as Ade Abraham, offering to take his members to heaven if they pay a fee of N310,000 only.
“Even though Pastor Ade’s offer of a ticket to heaven is cheaper than the ransom Kaduna bandits ask their victims, sadly, CAN has not found anyone who knows the location of the said church or established a church in Kaduna town with that name or in any local government areas in the state.”