Two young brothers, Wisdom Clement, 2, and Prayer Clement, 9 months, died in Nigeria last Friday after their mother allegedly gave them holy water she purchased from a local pastor for their healing.
Now the mother, Ese Oghenevwe, 25, and the pastor, Austin Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church in Abraka, have been arrested for the death of the boys according to a Vanguard report.
Local police in Abraka said they received a report at about 4:00 a.m. on July 25 that Oghenevwe had killed her sons after giving them a liquid to drink.
"Based on the information, detectives arrested the said Ese Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the substance was given to her by one Apostle for healing purposes as the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it," explained the police in a release.
"Meanwhile, the said Apostle Austine Eduviere has also been arrested and he is helping the Police in their investigation. The suspect disclosed that the said substance was a mixture of water and salt which he sold to people for N 1,850 for healing of various sicknesses after praying for them," the release noted.
Susan Gidiagba, a registered nurse who works at the Baptist Hospital Eku in Nigeria revealed in a Facebook post that the young mother had locked herself in the children's room while she administered the fake healing water. Her husband eventually broke down the door but he was too late.
"Went to the police station to see myself when this happened....the husband also said she went to the kids room and locked herself up to carry her act....the door was broken by the husband when she refuse to come out by instructions after seeing her deeping her fingers into the children's mouth...she claimed it was anointing oil given to her by her pastor to use on the children because they are sick....wonders shall never end....God protect us his children from the hands of evil," wrote Gidiagba.
Other Nigerians were appalled.
"How can a man of God be selling 'healing Water' if it is actually from God? For Jesus said to His disciples 'freely u receive and freely u give'. Until we cleanse our heart to allow His word to dwell in us and until our eyes are opened, Satan and his fake pastors will continue to hold mankind to bondage," said Akintayo Olanusi on Facebook.
"Healing is by His stripes not by drinking anything bought from a pastor. This is money making venture," wrote Oluwatuyi Alasoadura.