Backstone Agaro, prophet Owuor’s troubled congregant has been released after seeking directions to Somalia. Investigations say that Agaro, who was arrested on March 6 could have been suffering from depression.
He was arrested in Mandera on suspicion that he was on his way to join Al-Shabaab militants but was released on Monday.
According to Francis Lemusi, the head of the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) in Mandera, Agaro sold all his property and gave the proceeds to a church.
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“His family members in Nairobi recorded statements at ATPU headquarters indicating that the respondent was a member of the Ministry of Holiness and Repentance where he gave all his investments,” Kennedy Amwayi, a State counsel said.
Further, Agaro’s nephew Kennedy Agavishi Mulombe said that his uncle had been attending Bishop Owour’s church of Holiness and Repentance, and that his behavior had surprised his family.
Mulombe added that his uncle travelled a lot on grounds that God had sent him to go and preach, but this left him lonely in many of the towns he travelled to.
A notebook that showed places he had visited either personally or with fellow worshipers for preaching and crusades was found in Agaro’s possession.
Agaro claims that he had sold his property in order to give money to the church.
The controversial “Prophet” David Owuor was in the headlines in early March after reports detailed how he had purportedly brainwashed a Nairobi-based lawyer.
According to the lawyer’s family, Owuor had allegedly taken over their kin’s Ksh1.5 billion property located in Riverside, Nairobi and was pocketing millions of shillings in monthly rent.