The President and General Overseer of Bayelsa-based Odoko World Outreach Ministry, George Odoko, has denied labelling two children, who were killed by their father, wizards.
Though Odoko was said to have told the father of the deceased children, Sunday Otasi, that they (children) were behind his (Otasi) ailment, the cleric denied ever meeting the suspect.
Otasi was said to have killed his two children with a popular insecticide – Sniper – after being influenced by the cleric.
But Odoko insisted that the suspect was never a member of the said church.
In a statement signed by him, the cleric said any attempt to link him or his ministry to such a heinous crime would be mischievous and devilish.
The Bayelsa State Police Command had on Tuesday arrested 42-year-old Otasi for allegedly committing the dastardly act.
The three children were said to have run into trouble in September 2018 when the Yenagoa-based cleric allegedly told their father that they were wizards and responsible for his illness.
Odoko said, “The attention of the members of the Bayelsa State-based Odoko World Outreach Ministry have been drawn to the ‘mischievous’ and ‘devilish’ attempts to associate our General Overseer, Apostle George Odoko, with the reported claims that the arrested killer-father allegedly murdered his two sons based on a prophesy given in the church.
“The members of the outreach described the report as misleading to suggest that the overseer did give a prophecy to one Sunday Otasi, a father of three, and alleged killer of his sons.
“First, let us express our deepest condolences to the departed souls and commiserate with their family. Truth is irrepressible. No amount of blackmail can destroy it. Neither can it be submerged by the syndicated falsehood.
“We want to state categorically that it is another campaign of calumny against the person of Apostle George Odoko and ministry.
“There was never a time I met with the said person and gave the prophecy in question. It is nothing but deliberate mischief to tarnish my image and ministry.”
Meanwhile, the eldest and only survivor of the three poisoned children, Success, is still receiving treatment in an undisclosed private hospital.