The African News Agency reports:
A popular Cameroonian pastor has died less than a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19, leaving hundreds of his supporters panicked after the man had laid hands on them in an effort to “cure” them of the infection. Pastor Frankline Ndifor was also a candidate in the central African state’s last presidential election.
Cameroon police used force to gain access to the pastor’s residence in the economic capital of Douala, as some of his supporters blocked entrances, praying for his resurrection.
Hundreds of the pastor’s followers sang on Sunday morning at Ndifor’s residence that the man popularly referred to as “the prophet” was not dead, but on a spiritual retreat with God, and would return soon. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations.
The Voice Of America reports:
Doctor Gaelle Nnanga said by messaging application from Douala that Ndifor died less than a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
He says that some members of Ndifor’s Kingship International Ministries Church called him to come to the pastor’s aid when they found out Ndifor was in agony, and that when the medical team he leads arrived, Ndifor was having severe respiratory difficulties. He says the pastor died less than 10 minutes after they treated him.
Medical staff are asking all those who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for COVID-19.
Members of Cameroonian Pastor, Franklin Ndifor who died after laying hands to heal people from Coronavirus.
They drove health workers who came to take his body away, saying he was sleeping & will wake up.
Police had to barge in for the body to be taken.pic.twitter.com/KtcNp4U49N
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