Activists in UK Want Ukpabio Deported


I wrote last week about Nigerian witch hunter Helen Ukpabio going to the UK to perform exorcisms and tell people how to spot demon-possessed children, many of whom end up killed or maimed as a result. Now a group of activists is asking the government to boot her out of the country.

A Pentecostal preacher who claims to deliver people from witchcraft is a danger to children and should be deported from England, activists say.

Helen Ukpabio, a woman who wears colorful West African clothes and hats and who calls herself a “Lady Apostle,” is the founder of the controversial Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries in Nigeria. It has 150 branches in Africa and Europe…

She specializes in “liberating” captives in “deliverance sessions” and holds house meetings in London with people who believe she has power to expel demons.

“There have been numerous cases of children in the U.K. being tortured and sometimes killed due to the beliefs that Helen Ukpabio espouses,” said Gary Foxcroft, executive director of the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network.

He called on Home Affairs Minister Theresa May to deport Ukpabio immediately, adding: “Whilst the government has moved swiftly to block entry to the U.K. for Islamic preachers whose presence is harmful to the public good, there have been no cases of Christian pastors facing such measures.”

This is a woman who teaches that if a child is sick or cries a lot, they are a “servant of Satan.” She’s sick, demented and very dangerous.

Comments

  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Booting her out?

    They should tell her to get on her broomstick and fly away!

    Nigerian witch hunter Helen Ukpabio going to the UK to perform exorcisms and tell people how to spot demon-possessed children, many of whom end up killed or maimed as a result.

    Hmm … On second thoughts couldn’t they just arrest and charge her and jail her for some of those things? Why given that was she allowed in anyhow?

  2. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Off topic sorry but an item here that I think may be of interest for Ed Brayton (among others) if he hasn’t already heard /seen it :

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-21/anti-islam-hate-campaign-raises-tensions-to-violent-new-heights/5402526

    I think the ADL have gone wa-aay overboard here and ,for once, i’d say the Muslims are mostly in the right in this case – not those trying to murder an ADL member or threatening retaliatory violence tho’ natch.

  3. says

    I’m absolutely not interested in defending this horrible person or their actions, but what would they be charged with? Incitement? Conspiracy? Practicing medicine without a license? Blasphemy?

    And, once that’s been figured out and tested, is it time to go after the psychic advisors, priests, rabbis, and others who recommend real-world behaviors that harm based on imaginary wishes of imaginary ghosts or gods?

  4. says

    accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder

    Accessory to murder might work. I’m not sure about conspiracy to commit, because the murder was “accidental”. Torture is a crime (HA!) in most civilized countries – was there a conspiracy to torture?

  5. eric says

    @4 – IANAL but under US law, she would probably be too legally distant from the actions of her followers for those charges to stick. Its kinda like trying to charge the author of the Anarchists’ Cookbook with accessory to murder any time someone uses a formula from it. In this case her “bomb design” is one or more exorcism procedures.

    On the bright side, this same liberal protection for speech (which describes ways to do illegal acts) is what allows people to discuss the best way to grow pot, most painless methods of euthanasia, how to record police in states where that may be illegal on the books, and so on. It also helps science, because it allows books like PIHKAL to be published.
    Now, if she participates in one of these abusive practices, I think they could go after her for that. Even if the kid doesn’t die, I think the state could and should make a strong argument that these sorts of practices are at least reckless endangerment.

  6. sigurd jorsalfar says

    Marcus, I don’t believe you have to be charged with anything to be deported from the UK if you aren’t a citizen or landed immigrant.

    But maybe they should keep her. It’s been a long time since the UK had a Witchsmeller Pursuivant.

  7. Dunc says

    @3: This is an immigration matter, not a criminal one. She does not need to be charged with a crime in order to be refused entry into the UK.

  8. colnago80 says

    As I stated in the previous thread on this issue, why the fuckke was she allowed in the country in the first place?

  9. Trebuchet says

    @8: She SHOULD have been refused entry, but was not. Now if they deport her, she can claim to be a martyr.

  10. timpayne says

    In situations like this, standard procedure is to wrap her in chains and toss her into the English Channel. If she manages to wriggle out and surface, it means she herself is a witch and should be deported.

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