Controversy as ‘Bulletproof Water Pastor’ Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
The recent sentencing of Peter Adeiza Onsachi, also known as the “bulletproof water Pastor,” to eight years in prison has sparked controversy and raised questions about the practices of some religious leaders in Nigeria.
Onsachi, the founder and Pastor of New Jerusalem Deliverance Ministry Ageva in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, was arrested in September 2022 by the state government for carrying out a series of unwholesome activities, including unlawful child deliveries in his church. He was subsequently arraigned alongside his wife and elder sister for offences of culpable homicide, causing miscarriages, and unlawful use of premises.
While Hon. Justice Salisu Umar discharged Onsachi of the offence of Culpable Homicide, he found the pastor guilty of causing miscarriages of pregnant women and unlawful use of premises. This ruling has left many wondering about the extent of the Pastor’s involvement in these illegal activities and the impact it has had on the victims.
The case highlights the dangers of blindly following religious leaders without question or scrutiny. In Nigeria, many people are drawn to charismatic pastors who claim to have supernatural powers and can perform miracles. However, it is essential to note that not all religious leaders have their followers’ best interests at heart, and some use their positions to exploit and abuse vulnerable members of their congregations.
The case also raises concerns about the regulation of religious institutions in Nigeria. While freedom of religion is enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution, the lack of oversight and regulation of religious institutions has led to cases of abuse and exploitation. It is crucial that the government takes steps to ensure that religious leaders and institutions are held accountable for their actions and that their activities are subject to oversight and regulation.
In conclusion, the sentencing of Peter Adeiza Onsachi is a reminder that religious leaders should be held accountable for their actions, and their activities should be subject to regulation and oversight. Nigerians should exercise caution when selecting religious leaders and seek to hold them accountable for their actions. Additionally, the government should take steps to ensure that religious institutions operate within the law and that victims of abuse and exploitation receive justice.