Rev Canon Lumenkriti Ebo, a priest in the Anglican Diocese of the Niger, has had his appointment canceled for allegedly getting a woman who came seeking treatment pregnant.
While the church accused Ebo of impregnating a woman who came to his adoration ministry by telling her she needed to sleep with him in order to be healed, Ebo also accused the church of removing his legally married wife and putting her up in a hotel.
When Ebo’s ordination license was revoked by the bishop due to alleged immoral conduct that could jeopardize the church’s reputation, things got quite hot between the church and the cleric.
Ebo was leading an adoration ministry in Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State until his ordination license was recently revoked.
Mr. Ben Uzuegbu (SAN), the deputy chancellor of the Diocese on the Niger, said the church decided to revoke Ebo’s ordination license because it could no longer tolerate his excesses.
“The former priest was acting inappropriately for a priest. The bishop had to summon us, the Diocese’s legal staff, to determine how to deal with the man.
He should have been imprisoned for what he had done, but the church opted to be compassionate with him in the hopes that he would change. But he refused to change, and his immoral deeds became such a huge scandal that it was revealed that he had impregnated his secretary and was constantly putting his wife to sleep.
He was later suspended, and when it became clear that he was unwilling to change, the church chose to revoke his license.”
Vanguard spoke with Uzuegbu.
He was also accused of telling a girl that having sex with her would heal her ailment which, according to the church, was something that could not be condoned in the church of God.” he said
Reacting to the allegations, the embattled priest said nobody can sack him, adding that he remains a priest in the order of Melchizedek.
“Let me say that I did not quit the priesthood. A priest is chosen by God, and I remain a priest.. What I did was to turn in my resignation as priest of the Diocese on the Niger to my lord Bishop Owen Nwokolo.
What happened was that I have a special call by God to spread his word in a peculiar way, and to minister to souls, heal the sick and bring God’s blessings upon souls. For this reason, I was moved by the holy spirit to begin working in a congregation which later metamorphosed as God in Action Adoration Ministry.
This course of ministration by me is what I can say instigated antagonism and persecution from angles controlled by Bishop Owen Nwokolo. It was obstacle set and promoted by him that forced me to resign as priest of the Diocese on the Niger. “I have remained for sometime the single largest contributor as priest with congregation, to the diocese. I have given to the church without looking back, and to my lord Bishop himself, as God provided.
I bought a land and handed over to the diocese, and my financial contributions were unparalleled, and this I say with humility. I am the only priest in the diocese who is not on the salary list because I rejected salary. However, my Lord Bishop later called me and insisted that he wanted himself and his wife to be included as trustees in the registered titles of the adoration ministry. When I prayed about his demand, I got clear revelation that God had different purposes for the Bishop, but not within the adoration ministry, and I conveyed this message to him. He threatened to ban my activities within the diocese and to bring me down for this refusal, but I relied on God.
Even if they kill me tomorrow, some persons are aware of my correspondences with the Bishop on this matter.
On the allegation that his marriage had broken down, Rev Ebo said
“Sadly it is so. My lovely wife within the circumstances of my travails with the diocese suddenly turned tiger. I was not taken aback because God had earlier revealed to me that I would have additional challenge from that quarter. They bought my wife over and she began to antagonize me.
As we speak, my wife resides in an apartment paid for by someone who knows that she is another man’s wife. It has really affected me as a young man who is permitted to marry, and who has lived with a woman, because indeed though I am a priest, but like our Lord Jesus while he was on Earth, I also eat and drink like a normal human being”.
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