VIDEO: Deptford appearance by controversial Nigerian witch hunter Helen Ukpabio cancelled

Helen Ukpabio

Helen Ukpabio

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A Deptford appearance by a notorious Nigerian witch hunter has been cancelled amid calls for the controversial preacher to be banned from the UK.

Helen Ukpabio, founder of the Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries, had been due to hold her first service at The Albany last week, but the theatre cancelled the show after being made aware of their controversial guest.

The West African ministry claims Satan can use demonic possession to make children into witches and perform his work on earth.

Mrs Ukpabio is quoted as saying: "If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan."

Campaigners have now written to the Home Secretary Theresa May urging her to ban Mrs Ukpabio, citing the case of young girl Victoria Climbie, who was tortured and murdered by her witchcraft-fearing guardians.

In a letter to Ms May, the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network wrote: "Whilst the government has moved swiftly to block entry to the UK for Islamic preachers whose presence is considered as harmful to the public good, there have been no cases of Christian pastors facing such measures."

A spokesman for the Albany said: "A room booking by the Liberty Gospel Church for April 10 to April 12 at the Albany has been cancelled.

"We only cancel bookings in very exceptional circumstances. In this instance we were not given full information about the nature of the booking by the booker, which is at odds with our terms and conditions and ethical policies as an organisation.

"As soon as we became aware of the full details of the booking, it was cancelled and the booker was issued with a full refund."

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10:47am Wed 16 Apr 14

Joelo says...

it is scary just how backward thinking some people are!
it is scary just how backward thinking some people are! Joelo
  • Score: 25

10:54am Wed 16 Apr 14

Bob Churchill says...

Well done to the Albany for taking swift and principled action as soon as they found out what "Liberty Gospel" ministries really are.
Well done to the Albany for taking swift and principled action as soon as they found out what "Liberty Gospel" ministries really are. Bob Churchill
  • Score: 22

11:34am Wed 16 Apr 14

ron.1952 says...

Such a nice hat, I wonder where it was purchased.


Ronny.x
Such a nice hat, I wonder where it was purchased. Ronny.x ron.1952
  • Score: -4

11:43am Wed 16 Apr 14

the wall says...

I must buy some Quality Street.
I must buy some Quality Street. the wall
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

the wall wrote:
I must buy some Quality Street.
lol! I believe the gold wrapper is some sort of toffee number!
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: I must buy some Quality Street.[/p][/quote]lol! I believe the gold wrapper is some sort of toffee number! PaulErith
  • Score: 19

6:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Joelo wrote:
it is scary just how backward thinking some people are!
You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country.
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: it is scary just how backward thinking some people are![/p][/quote]You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 28

12:40pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Joelo says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Joelo wrote:
it is scary just how backward thinking some people are!
You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country.
I did not say I was surprised, I said its scary.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: it is scary just how backward thinking some people are![/p][/quote]You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country.[/p][/quote]I did not say I was surprised, I said its scary. Joelo
  • Score: 8

1:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Joelo wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Joelo wrote:
it is scary just how backward thinking some people are!
You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country.
I did not say I was surprised, I said its scary.
Yes, you did say "it's scary" and you are right, but then are you really surprised by this story? My point being, expect more of it to actually be allowed (behind closed doors that is).
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: it is scary just how backward thinking some people are![/p][/quote]You mean to say that you're really surprised about some of these people we have to let in to this country? Home office may act on Muslim extremism within small limits but touch on anything dis-cultural from Africa such as this and fgm, they close their eyes. Bloody hypocrites. It's only set to get worse as the take over the country.[/p][/quote]I did not say I was surprised, I said its scary.[/p][/quote]Yes, you did say "it's scary" and you are right, but then are you really surprised by this story? My point being, expect more of it to actually be allowed (behind closed doors that is). sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 14

4:50pm Fri 18 Apr 14

lollie,erith says...

they should rename the paper Border News lol.
they should rename the paper Border News lol. lollie,erith
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jaded1 says...

Don't forget to give her your bank account details as she wants to release millions of dollars from a Generals bank account and you can get a cut.
Don't forget to give her your bank account details as she wants to release millions of dollars from a Generals bank account and you can get a cut. jaded1
  • Score: 8

9:06am Wed 23 Apr 14

Witchkid says...

"If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan."

Or they could just be a normal child, perhaps teething? These 'preachers' are barking mad and should not be allowed anywhere near kids of any nationality!
"If a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health he or she is a servant of Satan." Or they could just be a normal child, perhaps teething? These 'preachers' are barking mad and should not be allowed anywhere near kids of any nationality! Witchkid
  • Score: 4

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