The Church of Satan International in the United States has denied links with the demolished Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer, popularly known as Church of Satan in Abia State, Nigeria.
While founder of the Ohafia-based church, Ifekwe Udo was detained by police for allegedly violating COVID-19 lockdown protocols, youths in the community went on rampant on Tuesday, demolishing the church structure and defacing many statues on the premises.
Udo was said to own a brothel in the area and had been terrorising residents of the community.
The youths claimed residents were aware of the atrocities committed by Udo but were afraid to confront him because of fears that he had a connection to evil forces.
In a message on its Twitter page, the group said it had nothing in common with the demolished church.
The US church described Udo as a “scammer” and urged people not to fall for his like.
It further urged people to get accurate information from its website.
The church stated this while reacting to a tweet by a Nigerian, Coll Nwanne, who wrote that Udo was promoting “evil and Satanism”.
In its reaction, the church wrote, “This has nothing to do with us or Satanism. As we’ve repeatedly warned people, avoid scammers like this and get accurate information directly from our website.”