3 worshippers of a church in Warri have allegedly died during a deliverance service.
NAN reports that one of the deceased drowned while two others died during a prayer session in the church at the weekend.
“The information actually is that one worshipper drowned and two died in the church; that is the information available to me at the moment,” Delta state’s Police Command PRO, DSP Andrew Aniamaka said.
According to an eyewitness, 10-year-old boy Emmanuel Odili got drowned while Mrs Beatrice Nwachukwu and Mr Antonio Abba died during a deliverance service.
Reports were that Odili on Friday followed his mother to the church for a service but went missing later. His body was found the next day in a pit inside the church premises.
Church authorities were said to have deposited the remains of the boy at a morgue before reporting the incident at Eburumede police station.
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“The authority of the church alleged that the deceased had mental disorder which was denied by the parents.
“While the matter was being investigated, some members of the church on Saturday came to report that Mrs Nwachukwu and Mr Abba had died during deliverance in the church.
“They (church authority) said that Nwachukwu slumped during the prayer session; they also claimed she had high blood pressure but the husband denied it.”
When contacted, the spokesman of the church, Mr Godday Emiko, denied the allegations through a text message.
“Sorry, I miss your call, there is nothing like that,” Emiko said.