Shakahola cult probe: Pastor Ezekiel Odero to spend weekend behind bars
Pastor Ezekiel Odero will remain in custody until Tuesday next week before the
court makes a decision on whether to remand him for 30 more days following an
application by the police.
A Shanzu court
on Friday made the ruling on Friday after the police had requested to be
allowed to hold the New Life Prayer Centre and Church televangelist as
they conclude their probe.
documents seen by Citizen Digital revealed that the police tied the controversial
preacher to the bodies exhumed at the Shakahola land in Malindi, Kilifi County,
adding that there are several followers of his ministry whom they believe have
met their death in their quest for divine intervention.
submitted that the release of Pastor Ezekiel before the conclusion of
investigations might tamper with the witnesses in the case.
collected several burial permits that were issued to several individuals whose
names and telephone numbers have been disclosed in these records,” read court
the investigators hold reasonable apprehension that the respondents may
interfere with the individuals regarded as potential witnesses before getting
to the bottom of the questions whether the dead bodies were indeed released to
kin for interment or buried at Shakahola under suspicious circumstances.”
Ezekiel is being investigated over several offences including fraud, money
laundering, murder, aiding suicide, radicalisation, crimes against humanity,
and child cruelty.
Following his arrest on Thursday, over 100 people were
evacuated from the controversial preacher’s church at Mavueni.
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