Helicopters hovered over the riot on the streets of London, shining its flood lights down on the ground, trying to locate the perpetrators. Police lights flashed and sirens blared, as they surrounded the unlawful scene. Mr Omene and the crowd of others participating in the riot had been caught. This is the story of Mr Omene, a Nigerian who used to live in London.
The fourth child in a Christian family, Mr Omene had started life on a positive foot. In 2009, Mr Omene had been accepted into a prominent university in London, England. This was his chance to travel abroad and fulfil his dreams. Taking the plunge into the unknown, Mr Omene left Nigeria and set out on a journey that was supposed to connect him to the future he had desired.
Upon arriving in London, Mr Omene quickly felt that the weight of the tuition and living expenses would become so heavy in his first six months into his college journey. With time, his interest in the university education dwindled down. “I woke up one day and decided not to go to school anymore,” he recalled. Resorting to making a living rather than stay in school, he began searching for ways to make fast cash. One night, as he was walking the streets of London, he ran into a friend in a corner shop where he began to explain his problem. His friend described to him how he makes money by defrauding people. Mr Omene was enticed by his friend’s nefarious activity and the prospect of making a lot of money very quickly, not thinking about the implications of the illegal act.
Within three weeks, his friend helped him to fraudulently accumulate over GBP 6,000.00 into his account. Now, with a burning desire to make more money, Mr Omene started down a path that would eventually lead to his destruction. Within six months, he mastered bank fraud and started going deeper into the crime, delving into online fraud and hacking. He ran across a hacker who taught him how to extort money. This was how he began to steal money from international accounts, wiping the accounts clean of all cash. “I would make transactions and other people’s money would go into my account,” explained Mr Omene.
He had many young people working under him, stealing people’s bank cards and bank information, which he used to hack into their accounts. This became his business and started operating what he called ‘an organization.’ In one week, Mr Omene could steal anywhere from GBP 7,000 – 10,000. With the money, he would go to the casino and spend all of it in one weekend. He became so addicted to gambling that he could spend 48 hours straight at the casino. This kind of lifestyle led him to start drinking, smoking and fornicating. The money that he would steal was squandered away on gambling and alcohol.
Along the road, Mr Omene started doing drugs and had gotten connected to a drug dealer. During this time, his fraud business had started to slow down because of the tightening of security within the banks. Now, looking for another means of fast cash, he and a friend decided to break into the drug dealer’s house, stealing everything he had, including his huge stash of drugs. Mr Omene began selling these drugs to make his living and became a self-proclaimed “professional”. From there, something pushed him to start growing and selling his own drugs, recounting that: “Satan used me to destroy so many people’s lives.”
Mr Omene started living in fear that something might happen to him and his gang of “young workers” so he decided to buy guns and other weaponry as a way to protect his so-called organization. His sketchy business reduced him to a spiraling path of doing drugs, drinking alcohol, fornicating and to a life of violence. He was involved in many riots down the main streets of London, involving in many violent acts. He continued breaking the law until one fateful day, the law caught up with him. He was apprehended at the scene of one of the notorious riots. He was taken into custody and subsequently deported back to Nigeria.
His arrival back to Nigeria turned another page in his life. No longer able to practice his fraud activities due to different banking systems and not knowing how to go about his life, he continued to take drugs as a way to cope. One night, he met with a prostitute in a hotel, who said to him, “Don’t leave, the others are coming. I have powers from the water.” He was utterly confused at what she was saying and even became concerned. “I thought I was lost in the world.”
That was when the series of nightmares began, dreaming of a water kingdom and serpents attacking him. What was more, his money had completely finished. Broke and nowhere to go, Mr Omene was forced to go back to his mother’s house. While living there, his mother would have Emmanuel TV on 24/7. He started listening to the testimonies and relating to the things the people were saying. “I realized I might be possessed.” Upon this realization, Mr Omene began to ask God for forgiveness for the life he was living. That night he had a dream that he was told to go to The SCOAN and he would be delivered. That was how he found himself in The SCOAN just two weeks ago. “When the Morning Water touched me, it was like a tsunami hit me. I was taken over completely.”
After receiving deliverance, Mr Omene stood today to testify about how God Almighty had completely set him free from the chains of his addictions and the burdens of his past life. The nightmares he once had are gone and he now no longer has the urge to smoke, drink or do drugs. He has since quit his lifestyle of fornication and adultery. He advised the congregation and Emmanuel TV viewers to follow Jesus and to illuminate their lives in the light of God’s Word, saying that the life he was living before was not worth it. Elated by his new found freedom, Mr Omene boasts in the Lord, “I was lost but now I am found. I was blind but now I can see!”