One. Two. Three. Four. Five. As the burly men mounted in numbers, so did Kennedy’s uncanny confidence. They had no idea what awaited them! Flexing his muscles and clutching the charm in his pocket, the fury unleashed that day was as bloody as it was brutal. The drug-induced boxer showed no mercy. Leaving the scene without a scratch, five bodies lay strewn on the ground.
Mr Akugue Kennedy, the self-professed ‘King’ of all touts, thugs and ‘area-boys’ in FCT Abuja, shared a shocking confession at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). His promising career as a boxer was rapidly snapped short after being introduced to hard drugs over 15 years ago. The addiction to cocaine, which he said had cost him over N400m, fueled his anger to alarming degrees. Kennedy would not leave a fight without witnessing the spillage of blood and soon gained a reputation as a ‘hard guy’ who took no nonsense.
Thousands of ‘boys’ began to follow him – criminals, drug dealers and robbers inclusive. Recognising the influence he wielded, several ‘big men’ in society began using him to wreak havoc against their opponents. With his incursion in the transportation business, Kennedy would often lead his ‘boys’ to attack targeted garages and ‘clear out’ all the occupants. Machetes and cutlasses were their signature weaponry.
As his addiction to drugs grew worse, so did the violent bouts of rage. Kennedy recounted an incident where he and his gang mercilessly beat up a pastor and his church members after they challenged them for drinking alcohol on the church premises. He noted another occasion when, after being ‘empowered with a charm for protection’, he arrogantly insulted some policemen. In their attempts to arrest him and ensuing fight, he was shot more than 40 times at point-blank range. None of the bullets entered.
Each attempt to stop the drug-intake seemed only to enrage it. Taken to a ‘native-doctor’ in a large forest, a ritual which invoked the spirit of death was performed in his presence. Strange, ghoulish child-like creatures emerged from the ground as incantations rang forth, the spiritualist promising that his urge for the drugs would cease after partaking in the sacrificed fowl. Upon his return to Abuja that day, Kennedy had already arranged for the drugs that would meet him at the point of his arrival.
Kennedy barely slept in his house, despite having a young, attractive wife and a little child. He rather moved from hotel to hotel, sleeping with prostitutes, partying with friends and introducing more and more people to cocaine. However, no matter how ‘high’ he became on drugs, it was always followed by a plummet to the depths of despair. Kennedy was dying inside.
When a friend introduced him to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, he initially scoffed but eventually resolved to come and ‘see’ what would happen. As Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for the hardened man, he internally decided that “nothing” would knock him to the ground. “I have fought countless men and knocked out so many but I have NEVER fallen down,” Kennedy recalled. He suddenly hit the floor. Writhing on the ground, Kennedy saw himself in a deep, seemingly impenetrable darkness. Consciousness of the world around him dimmed to a point of nothingness. Suddenly, he called on the name of Jesus and a beam of light shone forth in glorious brilliance.
Opening his eyes, Kennedy realised where he was. On the ground of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. Rising to his feet, he physically felt as if something had left him. It was the feeling of freedom! The king of thugs had just encountered the King of Kings – Jesus Christ! Ever since that encounter, Kennedy’s urge for drugs disappeared. Upon his return to Abuja, his ‘boys’ that once supplied him with the forbidden substance were shocked to see him resisting their advances.
Clean for one week after more than twenty-two years of bondage, Kennedy tearfully called on all drug-addicts to renounce their past and seek help from God. His wife testified to his transformation. “If God can change my husband, there is no one here He cannot change,” she admonished. On his part, Kennedy’s elderly father admitted that he was a chronic drunkard, smoker and womanizer for almost the entirety of his life. The 74-year-old retired soldier pleaded for the same deliverance that happened to his son to befall him.
Truly, the evidence of Jesus Christ is LIVES CHANGED!