The white garment 55-year-old Isaiah wore depicted him as a prophet. He also claimed to be one. But the policemen manning the highways in Oyo State Police Command found it difficult to correlate his claim with the human skull found in his possession on Thursday May 4, along Ibadan-Iseyin road.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said on Friday, during a press briefing on the arrest of 18 suspects for different offences, that operatives of Federal Highway Patrol in the state command discovered the human skull in the prophet’s car late on Thursday during a stop-and-search exercise.
According to Odude, “the suspected ritualist, ‘Prophet’ Isaiah was arrested at about 11:30p.m. on his way to another branch of his church at Emini, via Ijaiye in Afijion Local Government Area of the state.”
The police commissioner listed the items recovered from the suspect as a human skull, a buffalo horn covered with cloth, gunpowder and other criminal charms.
In an interview with Saturday Tribune, ‘Prophet’ Isaiah a.k.a Agbojesu, who gave the name of his church as Cherubim and Seraphim Church, at Alagbado, Lagos, said he only intended to use the human head and other charms to ward off armed robbers from his land.
How I got the human skull
“There was a demolition at Pakoto, Sango area in Ogun State, where I reside, and it was there I found the human skull. My church, Cherubim and Seraphim Mount Zion, is at Agbado, Lagos.
However, I have a site at Emini, Oyo State, where I am currently constructing a branch of my church. Unfortunately, armed robbers have been disturbing us in the area, so I wanted to use the skull to make some spiritual fortification so that armed robbers would stop disturbing us there.
“As I was taking the skull to the site, I was arrested by policemen of the highway patrol. I got to Ijaiye around 10p.m, on Thursday, May 4, but the highway patrol policemen stopped and searched me, and that was how they found the items on me.
On other charms found with me
“The charmed soap found with me is to get favour and mercy. I also intended to bury the horn found with me along with the human skull for the fortification, because it is a large expanse of land. I know human skull may be used for other things but what I intended to use it for was to ward off armed robbers by making the site unattractive for them. All I would do was to mix some herbs with the skull, make some incantations and instruct the skull to ward off armed robbers from that particular area.
I am a herbalist’s son
“Although I am now a prophet, my father used to be a herbalist. That was how I learnt how to prepare some spiritual potions. But I know that the Christianity I embraced does not support charms and diabolism. I joined C&S when I started learning from a man at Agbado area before I started my church in 1980. The person under whose tutelage I was is now dead.
“Apart from praying for my church members, I also help them prepare charms that will make people be at ease with them. I used to have about 26 church members, but the prophet who I employed to assist me took the members with him to establish his own church.
“I sincerely apologise and seek forgiveness from God, the government and the people.