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Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
A 45-year old prophet and founder of Victory is Sweet Ministries, Calabar, Micheal Morris Bassey has denied being in possession of human skull as well as other criminal charms he was allegedly arrested with, saying he knows nothing about the skull, effigies and other charms supposedly found in his possession.
In his words: “I am a prophet, I don’t know anything about the skull, my mother gave me Bible and garment as a young boy, then I started helping people. I started by liberating my family who always “sacrificed” the 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 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 Prophet who was arrested by the Cross River State Police Command alongside three other persons for child trafficking, including a teenager, and others for armed robbery, Cultism and unlawful possession of firearms would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Addressing newsmen after parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Calabar, Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Akande lauded well spirited Cross Riverians for being supportive to the command, especially in the fight against crime by providing intelligence to the Police.
He also commended the new Commander of Anti Kidnapping & Cultism Squad, AKCTS for his proactive approach and unique operational tactics which he said has yielded meaningful results.
He said: “We have gathered momentum to fight crime in a unique and proactive way and we have laised with Community leaders to keep smoking criminals out on daily basis. We are parading about 31 of them for various offences including possession of human parts, skulls, armed robbery, murder, amongst others.
“It is absurd and utterly surprising that at this age and time, somebody would be killing a human being instead of engaging in something useful to add value. We arrested some persons, and we discovered that one of them buried a human head in a pot in the middle of his house, while engaging in fetish activities in the name of religion.
“We are using this opportunity to call on residents to desist from activities near the water fronts, especially when the tide is high. We are assuring the public that the police will not rest on its oars until we get the criminals that committed the dastardly acts near UNICAL”.
Prophet Bassey was arrested at 56 Uwanse street by Asuquo Ekpo, Calabar South LGA after he was reported to the police by a supposed victim whose picture was allegedly tied to a human skull. Effigies as well as other criminal charms were said to have also been found inside offering box placed at the altar in the church.