From OLALEKAN BADMOS, Benin
Fresh facts emerged yesterday that the woman who gave birth to a horse-like creature during a prayer session at the World Liberation Ministry, Evuoriaria Community, off Benin-Sapele Road, Benin City, Edo State on Tuesday, got married 11 years ago without a child.
The facts came to the fore as members of the ministry, who witnessed the delivery of the strange creature, gave details of who the woman was and how she gave birth inside the church’s auditorium on Tuesday.
An eyewitness, Mrs. Veronica Egiebor, a nurse, disclosed that the woman was a vegetable seller for more than 10 years, adding that she sponsored her boyfriend through his university education with the profits she made from the business.
But when it was time for her and the boyfriend to come together in marriage, the boy’s mother allegedly turned the table around.
So, the relationship broke up.
The man reportedly got married to another person and she also got married to another man some years later.
Egiebor said the General Overseer of the ministry, Evangelist Revd Silva Iyamu, walked up to the woman during the prayer session and asked if she was pregnant and her answer was in the affirmative.
The woman said sometimes she would feel that she was pregnant and at times, it would seem as if she was not carrying any pregnancy.
“The evangelist told her she was not carrying an ordinary baby. He said: ‘Do you want to go to a doctor to flush out what you are carrying because what you are carrying is not a baby?’ The pastor paused and asked her again: “Or do you want it to happen here?’ Everybody shouted ‘yes.’”
Egiebor stated that Iyamu asked the woman if she wanted to go to hospital for evacuation and she said no. This, she said, made the general overseer to begin the spiritual exercise.
She added: “Then, the evangelist asked four women to donate their wrappers to form a fence around her. He asked the men to move to the back of the auditorium. He told the congregation that the matter was a women’s affair.”
Egiebor stated that Iyamu poured anointing oil on the woman, sprinkled her with sachet water and directed the congregation to pray fervently.
Before long, she said, the woman felt uncomfortable and went into labour.
Egiebor said: “She held somebody’s leg with the clothes as she pushed harder for the baby to come out. Then, something dropped and she fell. The thing fell, some people called it a goat but it looked like a horse. It has a long neck and the ears were long. It was exactly like a horse, although it was in a baby form.”
The turn of event, according to her, made Iyamu to issue a strong warning to the congregants to steer from the demonic object.
She maintained that many of the congregants took to their heels as soon as Iyamu gave the warning.
Personal Assistant to the General Overseer, Prince John Ogbovoh, who said the branch of the ministry where the incident occurred was established about five months ago, described the incident as spectacular.
He disclosed that the woman got married about 11 years ago and has not had any issue since then.
He explained that the woman had come to the ministry for prayer of deliverance from her barrenness, adding that his boss prayed with her and told her that she carried a funny creature in her womb.
Fielding question on why the woman was at large, he responded: “I am sure the woman is ashamed. God has done a good job in her life and she is ashamed. But I am sure she will come back. The dead creature was left for a while for people to see.
“This morning (Wednesday), the people ordered that they should throw the creature away because it was becoming an embarrassment. Evangelist Iyamu has launched a manhunt for her.”
A member of the ministry, Ivie Imhanluobe, who said he attended the prayer session, also recalled that the woman sat on the front row.
According Imhanluobe: :The pastor prayed for her and she fell under the anointing. She delivered a horse.
“We have seen ritual money turned to tortoise in this church.”
Another member of the ministry, Maria Osawaye, said the woman was covered in her own blood and was weak after the delivery.
Evangelist Iyamu insisted that the woman actually gave birth to the mysterious creature in his church, saying whoever was in doubt should verify the news.
Iyamu maintained: “This is not strange to us.
“We have been seeing miracles in this ministry. When we were praying yesterday (Tuesday), a word of knowledge came about somebody who had an issue with pregnancy. The vision was clear that whenever she went for ultra-sound, the doctors would confirm that she was pregnant on some occasions and sometimes said she was not pregnant.
“As the deliverance was going on, I noticed that a woman was bleeding and I asked her to come to the front. Some minutes later, we heard people screaming.
“I am not a medical doctor and I may not know the appropriate word to use.
“When she came out, everybody was weeping. It was something we have not seen for a long time. Later she collapsed. So, we had to order everybody to go outside the auditorium for ventilation before she was revived. Some women who were around cleaned her up.”
Answering question on the speculation that the incident was not true and that it was a ploy to increase members of his ministry, Iyamu responded: “Every story has two sides. To find out about any ministry, go to that ministry. Signs and wonders are normal things in this ministry.
“So, nobody can predict what God can do. Whoever is in doubt should come with a request.”
Meanwhile, a Consultant Gynaecologist, Dr. Jerry Uwaifo, has described as a blatant lie the news of the birth of the horse-like creature.
Uwaifo, who is the Medical Director of Central Hospital, Benin City, maintained that it was not medically possible for a woman to be delivered of an animal.
He explained that there has always been a genetic basis for giving birth.
His words: “A woman can give birth to a deformed child but not animal.
“How come they didn’t bring her to a reputable hospital so that it can be verified? God does not perform a miracle in that way. He will not allow a woman to deliver a horse.”
Uwaifo stated that the medical association could not launch an independent investigation into the bizarre incident unless there was an invitation to do so, adding that it must also be done with the consent of the woman’s husband.