A pastor who claimed to heal COVID-19 by ‘laying his hands on’ dozens of confirmed and suspected coronavirus victims died of the illness on Saturday.
Frankline Ndifor, 39, a candidate in the central African state of Cameroon’s presidential election in 2018, claimed to cure Covid-19.
In previous weeks confirmed patients with the virus had flocked to the Kingship International Ministries Church, founded by Ndifor, where he lay his hands on them and prayed for their healing, reported Voice of America News.
His supporters called him a ‘prophet’ and blocked the entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours as medical staff tried to retrieve Ndifor’s body on Saturday morning.
According to Dr. Gaelle Nnanga, the Pastor died less than 10 minutes after receiving treatment, though he began showing symptoms for less than a week before treatment.
Shortly after Pastor Frankline Ndifor died, his supporters blocked the entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours, as police had to be deployed so as to allow his body to be buried.
His supporters claimed the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God so he could not be buried. They reportedly sang and prayed for his resurrection throughout last weekend.
However after security operatives gained entrance into the late Pastor’s apartment, his corpse was retrieved and buried in front of his residence by officials of Cameroon’s COVID-19 response team.
One of the late Pastor’s followers, Rigobert Che said;
“This is a pastor that has been laying hands [on the sick] and claiming that he cures COVID-19.
“If you, the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by the COVID-19? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed.”