Pastor Ezekiel Odero's (insert) Mavueni Complex which was on Saturday, April 28, 2023 searched by investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Nairobi City Lawyer Danstan Omari, who is part of the legal counsel for New Life International Church General Overseer Pastor Ezekiel Odero, on Tuesday, May 2, revealed the outcome of search operations conducted in the home of the Kilifi-based Preacher.
Speaking to the press, Omari stated that a team of officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), accompanied by journalists, descended on the Mavueni Complex in search of evidence that would like Ezekiel to criminal acts.
The lawyer added that the seven-hour search operation led to the combing of every inch and corner of the 300-acre multi-billion complex.
"We went to Pastor Ezekiel's 300 acres complex with a team of investigators and journalists who were looking for evidence that would link him to any criminal acts.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero preaching at the Kasarani stadium on Sunday, November 25, 2022.
"They spent more than seven hours looking for graves that might have been dug within the compound but there was none," Omari stated.
When DCI officers failed to locate the graves within the compound, they turned their attention to other properties developed on the land.
The investigators seemed interested in getting bodies either kept or concealed from the general public eye within and without the complex.
"They then began looking for places where bodies could have been kept. The investigators went everywhere looking for a morgue within the complex but there was none," he added.
After another fail, Omari claimed that the investigators did not give up but pressed on to establish the identity and role that each building played within the Prayer Centre.
The City Lawyer explained that Pastor Ezekiel had built a number of properties that provided homage to hundreds of people who visited the complex in a day.
He noted that DCI investigators were interested in knowing what was contained within the building and the details of the people who were living in it.
"The investigators also searched a possibility that the complex could have been hosting a hospital but they arrived at the conclusion that there was no hospital within the compound.
"Both Journalists and Investigators found no evidence that could link Pastor Ezekiel to any crime, leave alone the Shakahola Massacre," Omari explained.
Omari, therefore, expressed confidence that it was a matter of time before Pastor Ezekiel gained his freedom and his Church re-opened since he did not commit any crime.
"I listened to Pastor Ezekiel for more than seven hours while I was with a team of lawyers including Shadrack Wambui, Jared Magolo and Cliff Ombeta, I came to the conclusion that the man had done nothing wrong.
"Pastor Ezekiel is being fought because he had been receiving a lot of money in terms of offerings, which he used to build primary schools, secondary schools, and a university," he stated.
On the question of suspected cult leader Paul Mackenzie who was accused of aiding the death of more than 100 of his followers, Omari stated that his client barely knew the Shakahola-based preacher.
"Pastor Ezekiel only met Mackenzie on two occasions. The first one - when he wanted to purchase his television station. The second meeting took place when he was giving out the money," Omari explained.
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 5/4/2023 11:09:29 AM