A pastor, Ejimozor Williams, who ministers at Gracious and Mercy Prophetic International Church in Egbeda, Ayobo area of Lagos state has lost his sight after he was allegedly tortured by the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives.
According to The Punch, the 46-year-old pastor’s house was raided by DSS operatives after his houseboy defrauded residents of Ayobo with fake dollars.
The houseboy who was simply identified as, Chukwujekwu, fled after defrauding the residents of the area.
It was gathered that after the security officials failed to arrest the criminal, they invaded William’s house and found some of the counterfeit currency.
They later bundled the pastor up into a DSS van, where he was subjected to alleged torture.
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He said: “I started working as a freight worker at the Apapa port where I met the houseboy. Someone actually introduced Chukwujekwu to me and I decided to help the boy.”
“After some time, he told me that he wanted to travel and that I should borrow him some money. I told him I didn’t have any money, so he went to meet a man called Okoye, an old friend of mine. Okoye gave him some fake dollars.”
“Chukwujekwu showed the dollars to a barber in the area, saying his relative abroad sent him the money and could also help the barber secure a visa to travel overseas.”
“I was at home when about six persons scaled the fence into my compound. They wore black shirts and were armed.”
“They came into the house with Okoye and three other gunmen. They began to search the house and beat up people in the compound.”
“During the search, they found the fake dollars Chukwujekwu used to defraud people in the area. They said I should sign a statement, but I refused. They beat me up.”
The pastor explained that part of his skull was compressed after the torture. He said: “I was held incommunicado for three weeks and was constantly tortured.”
“The DSS later said before they would release me, I must pay N15m which I didn’t have. I told them that all I had was N20,000. After another round of torture, I fainted and was rushed to a clinic where they told them that my blood pressure was low.”
“This led to a partial stroke. I was at home some weeks later when everywhere suddenly went blank. I couldn’t see anything again and that was how I went blind.
“Now, I cannot do anything for myself and my family. I am frustrated.”
The pastor’s wife, Chinyere Williams, said they visited more than eight hospitals together without any result. She added that a scan revealed that he could not see because his brain had been affected after he was hit with the bottom of a gun.