A UK-based Kenyan Pastor, Climate Irungu Wiseman is currently under investigation in the United Kingdom for selling an oil he claimed could protect his members and the public against Coronavirus.
According to reports, Irungu who is the founder of Bishop Climate Ministries in Camberwell District in South London, sold a bottle of the controversial protection oil at £91 (N40,950) each and he was accused of exploiting the public by selling the so-called “plague protection” kits, consisting of oil and red yarn.
In a post shared on March 21, Bishop Climate Irungu Wiseman said that he was instructed by the Lord to prepare an oil “mixed with cedar wood, hyssop, and prayer” for the pandemic.
While advertising his protection product online he wrote;
“It is by faith that you can be saved from the Coronavirus pandemic by covering yourself with the Divine Plague Protection Oil and wearing the Scarlet Yarn on your body.”
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“As you use this oil, along with a special scarlet yarn, every coronavirus and any other deadly thing will pass over you.”
The charities regulator has now launched an urgent probe into the Camberwell church over its sale of the oil it claimed could protect from coronavirus.
A spokesperson of the agency said;
“We are looking into the serious concern about Kingdom Church GB’s alleged sale of false COVID-19 protection devices, as a matter of urgency.
“We have opened a regulatory compliance case to assess the matter, and will be liaising as appropriate with other agencies.”
Southwark Council also confirmed that the church is being investigated over the products. Councillor Victoria Mills said in a statement;
“It is wrong for anyone to exploit people’s fears at this time of high anxiety and we encourage people to report any issues like this to London Trading Standards.
“This particular issue is already under investigation by our teams. There are many scams relating to Covid-19 and the council will be working hard to support consumers to be on guard for bogus test kits, cures and treatments and other financial scams.”
Defending himself, Mr Wiseman told the PA news agency that he has sold 1,000 of the kits, and the price tag was only to cover the cost of ingredients, packaging, and posting.
“What is so wrong about putting into practice what the Bible says.”