The recent arrest of a self styled General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, G.O. ‘Reverend ‘ Emmanuel Ugochukwu Ekwem, also known as Major 1, for drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has turned his hitherto serene home community known as Ezumoha in Mbano area of Imo State, into mourning.
Our correspondent who visited the community reports that hours after the news of his arrest filtered into the community, Ezumoha became a ghost town as Ekwem’s family mansion and that of some other young men whose sources of income is said to be questionable and miles away when compared to the building edifices and luxurious lifestyle they indulge, literally fenced off visitors and went into hiding for fear of the wild rumors that NDLEA were coming after other people that G.O was said to have implicated in his confession.
One of the volunteer villagers who led our correspondent round the community revealed that Reverend Ugochukwu is the second son of the mother identified as Auntie Baby, who he claimed lived her life like a single parent, allegedly having had several children from different
Our source who pleaded anonymity for fear of attack , also said that the G.O learnt his church business trade from the Mothers younger sister known Prophetess Ifeyinwa ,who also runs her own church ministry in Lagos.
However, while sampling and gauging the feeing ,views of a cross section of the villagers, indicated vagaries of opinions in the quiet community near Eziama and Anara towns.
While some elderly senior citizens condemned his actions as a product of greed and shame to their community, others expressed fears of possibly invasion of their village by operatives who may be tracking his super rich young Associates in the area.
However, some very young men in the village, who saw drug trafficking as business, saw nothing negative in the act.
Recall that Operatives of NDLEA, had arrested the preacher and the General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, for carrying fifty-four sticks of drugs.
The suspect was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, in Lagos while on his way to a crusade in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ugochukwu, who was arrested on Monday, in an outward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa, was said to have wrapped the drugs around his body.
When tested, the 54 sticks proved positive to cannabis, the clergyman was said to have confessed during a preliminary interview that he packed that quantity of illicit substance on his body to use during his three weeks crusade in Kenya.
The preacher’s church headquarters is said to be located in Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu Road, Awka, Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra State while he has branches in Lagos and Abuja.
This was according to NDLEA Director Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in the statement made available to newsmen.