The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the killing of one Prophet Jacob Uhembe, after youths in Daudu community, Guma Local Government area of the State allegedly accused him of being responsible of the disappearance of male genital organs of some men in the area.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the incident, said Prophet Uhembe, the General Overseer of Divine Shadow Church, was killed while trying to escape from Daudu.
According to Anene, the Prophet was killed sometimes last week. “He was to be picked up by the DPO in Daudu but he rushed into his vehicle and ran away out of fear. He was later killed,” she said.
She, however said, eight persons have been arrested and investigation is ongoing.
Recall that youths in Daudu had protested over mysterious disappearance of male genital organs in their area, which they alleged that one Prophet Uhembe and some accomplices were responsible for.
Not satisfied with the protest, the angry youths had proceeded and burnt down Uhembe’s Church and another building traced to his alleged accomplice.
The youths had also alleged that Uhembe, after conniving and causing the disappearance of the genitals, was charging each of the victims the sum of N12,000 as a fee to cure them.
Speaking to journalists in Makurdi, a local who pleaded to remain anonymous said the late prophet was apprehended by the youths while trying to escape to a village in Nasarawa State, murdered and buried in a shallow grave.
“Rather than run to the the Daudu Divisional Police Officer, he decided to run away out of fear.
“Sadly, it was while he was running away in his car that the youths who apparently were on his trail, caught him and killed him in a village along Lafia road.”
Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom had visited the community last week after which he stated that no genital organ of any person was missing.