Pastor claims to know gates of heaven and charges follower 2.4m
Pastor Ade Abraham an evangelist from south-western Nigeria is in trouble after telling his followers that he knows of a gate leading to heaven and charged them 310,000 naira ($750; £600 or Shillings 2,485,078) as entry fee to show them a way through.
Talking to BBC African news, he was reported to police by one of his followers, who said the pastor had charged him 310,000 naira ($750; £600 or Shillings 2,485,078) to see the supposed site in Araromi-Ugbeshi town, Ekiti state south western Nigeria.
The cleric admitted to the BBC that he had made the statement about heaven’s gate, saying it was “the God he serves” who revealed it to him to try the faith of his church members, but says he has not received any payment.
However, the Christian Association of Nigeria has released a statement disowning Pastor Ade Abraham, and Ekiti state police have collected written statements from members of his church and launched an investigation.
Pastor Ade Abraham’s church was originally based in Kogi state then Kaduna state, before moving southwards with his followers to a camp he built in Ekiti state.The parishioner who reported him to police has since moved back home to Kaduna state but his wife refused to join him, saying the “rapture” was coming soon.