Church kicks against ‘alien’ practices as socialite dies of burns during prayer

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The Celestial Christ has directed its pastor--council come with a document curb alien practices that have been introduced into the tenets and doctrines the safeguard its divine culture.

The directive was reaction the death a Dubai-based socialite, Kayode Badru, who suffered burns at the Imole Parish the CCC the Alagbado area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that Badru flew into the country the graduation of the 40 he sponsored the Academic for Innovative Art and Technology.

Our correspondent learnt that after the event, Badru went to the on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, for a programme and knelt for prayers with lighted candles and seven elders of the surrounding him.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the pastor charge of the parish, Felix Alebiosu, allegedly sprayed perfume on the victim, who was holding a lighted candle, and this led to an inferno that severely burnt him.

It was learnt that Badru was rushed to a hospital in Gbagada, where he died.

A statement signed by Stephen Adeniyi of the administrative of the church blamed the incident on the of spiritual perfumes.

The statement read in part, “Due to the incessant of spiritual perfumes within the church, Eminence has found it imperative to state for record purposes and correction that henceforth, spiritual perfumes intended to be sprayed, sprinkled, or poured with a lighted candle should be diluted with water.

“The spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in their volatile state with a lighted candle is an imported culture originally part of the tenets of the Celestial Church of Christ. The laid down usage of spiritual perfume within the spheres of a lighted candle by the pastor founder, Saint S. B. J. Oshoffa, is by mixing it with water. It is high time we retraced our steps for a greater Celestial Church of Christ.

“We are all advised to adhere to this directive; any parish or member that goes against this directive will be solely responsible for the resultant effect. The pastor has also directed the pastor-in-council to come with a document to curb alien practices that have been introduced into the tenets and doctrines of the church to safeguard the church’s divine culture as instructed by the spirit of God the pastor founder.”

Our correspondent learnt that the pastor in charge of the parish and two of the church elders have been arrested.

When contacted, the state Police Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he would find out about the incident and back to our correspondent, but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.