Who did this to you? That was the theme of one of the religious crusades that the slain Port
Harcourt prophet, ThankGod Abam Ubi, a native of Cross River State used, sometime in 2014.
About four years after, the same question is resonating. In shock, many people who heard of the killing of the controversial prophet are asking the same question. Even on Sunday, August 5, when his child was dedicated, about two days after he was killed in front of his house, church members and sympathisers asked the same question.
But is it true that he scammed some people in the course of his work of prophetic evangelism? Is it true that he collected money from prayer seeking members of the public and the prayers were not answered by God?
“Could it be true that the man of God collected money from a woman who needed his prayers for the healing of his bedridden husband and the prayers yielded no results?
Or, is it true that a security operative paid some money for a miracle that never happened? These are some of the speculations in town, as the issue of his death is being discussed.
Abam was said to have been shot and killed at close range on Friday when he went against the advice of his aides, about 11pm, to leave his compound to go and see some human beings the aides suspected were armed robbers, the operated in the prophet’s neighbournood.
A close friend of the church said the killers had earlier identified themselves as members of a vigilante. The prophet was said to have asked after their leader and when they told him he was somewhere close by, he decided to follow them to see the leader.
But a few minutes after, one of the boys opened fire and brought him down. His resident pastor, identified simply as Pasot Obeten, was also said to have been shot. But he did not die. The resident pastor was said to be with Abam when the encounter with the acclaimed vigilante people took place.
On Sunday, the mood in his church located at Rukpokwu was sombre. The wife was speechless as her third son was being dedicated to God by one of the husband’s friends, in the presence of other church members and sympathisers who visited to sympathise with them
Abam, aged about 41, was said to be very daring and jovial. He was called the commanding commander by his fellow prophets who belong to his league.
He was known largely for his flamboyant lifestyle and the unique size of publicity posters he usually printed for his religious crusades.
The police have already said they were investigating his killing. One of his friends, Christopher Ugbogu, who spoke to TNN in the church on Sunday lamented his untimely death and prayed the Almighty God to avenge his murder
"Prophet ThankGod Abram Ubi was my best man during my wedding and his wife, Anita, was my wife's chief bridesmaid... a man with the heart of a lion.
"The news of your sudden death has destabilized me...ThankGod AbamUbi, nothing has the capacity to cage the spirit of a warrior. Your spirit must avenge your life from those involved. Rest in peace, my brother", he said.
When contacted, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the killing, said that efforts were on to unravel the persons behind the dastardly act .