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‘I was never given an opportunity to spread the Gospel’, street preacher speaks out after arrest

todayMarch 1, 2019 34

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Speaking publicly for the first time since his detention on Saturday, Oluwole Ilesanmi also revealed he returned to the scene of his arrest shortly afterwards to resume preaching.

The 64-year-old said: “I was never given the opportunity of spreading the Gospel…the police came on the scene…I was taken out of the vicinity into a very remote place.

 

“I was thinking I would not even be able to get back but God raised up for me…people in the streets who could even be of assistance to me and I thank God that I came back and I started preaching again.”

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Police said its local Professional Standards Unit was reviewing Mr Ilesanmi’s arrest after a complaint was made.

 

Footage of incident – viewed almost 2.4 million times online – draw concern for Christian public figures including the former MP David Burrowes.

The police force said Mr Ilesanmi was arrested “to prevent a breach of the peace” after “concerns” were raised about his behaviour. He was later de-arrested.

 

The film does not appear to reveal what Olu said while he was preaching. But a police officer accuses him of being “racist”.

Meanwhile, the Christian Legal Centre – which has advised street preachers in the past – said it was supporting Mr Ilesanmi.

 

In a statement issued online, he said: “Olu was unnecessarily arrested, de-arrested and then dropped off in an unfamiliar suburb without enough money to get home.”

Mr Ilesanmi added: “My appreciation goes to everybody all over the world that is so much concerned about me.

“Iam well. I am OK. No evil, as the word has said, will come near my dwelling. God has been so faithful.”

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A street preacher arrested in north London at the weekend says he was denied an “opportunity to spread the Gospel”.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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