The shrine was set ablaze after his conversion
A traditional ruler and powerful herbalist has narrated his
journey from the kingdom of darkness where he serrved many
powerful deities and caused harm using satanic powers even
as a member of the Ogboni fraternity to his salvation in prison
cell, and how he met Christ to Saturday Sun.
The traditional ruler of Ode community in Akure North Local
Government Area of Ondo State, Sunday Boboye has revealed
that his desire to be a feudal lord over his town made him to
join the Ogboni fraternity, a sect he has now renounced after
10 years of joining the society.
“I wanted powers to face the mighty and powerful people who
have usurped my fathers’ land. To do this, I needed to accept
one of the heist titles in the land and which was my family’s
royal entitlement. It is the Ajagun (General at war) of Ode
land”, the 45-year-old ex-Ogboni chief stated.
Once initiated into the brotherhood, Boboye possessed dreaded
powers that not only made him very popular in Ondo State but
also made many to fear and tremble before him. But that was
before he had a challenging encounter with a Christian
Last weekend, a team of Christians and the reporter were
invited to the palace of Boboye in Ode, Ondo state to witness
how the former Ogboni chief who rose to the rank of Egan Oke
(meaning an elder in the Ogboni fraternity) denounced his
membership and burnt all the traditional deities he had served
when he was an herbalist.
“I am the traditional head of Ode community. I give glory to
God for saving me and making me to be alive today. The lord
Jesus has arrested me and saved from evil association with
Satan. I was an herbalist, a powerful one for that matter. And I
am well known in Ondo State. Everyone respects and fears me
as the Ajagun of Ode community. If I decreed that somebody
would die tomorrow, that is what will happen. The person will
die. If I tell somebody that he would not eat the next day, the
person must be prepared because that is what would happen.
And if I decreed that someone would not sleep in his house the
following night. It also would also happen. I was doing all
these using the dark powers bestowed on me by serving the
devil. But today, God has taken me out of the darkness”,
Boboye declared while denouncing his old association before
his people who trooped out to see their once dreaded occult
grand master and leader now wining and dining with
“Many people in Ode are surprised to see me with members of
the Lord’s Chosen church and other Christians today and even
wearing this apron, because they know who I was. They know
about the tremendous power I wielded as grandmaster in
“My father, Pa Boboye Oluwasegun has been a pastor in The
Apostolic Church for sometime. He had tried on many
occasions to lead me to Christ but I have been turning deaf
ears to him. This is why we used to quarrel sometimes.
Whenever, I organized the Egungun festival, yam festival or
Osun or Ogun festivals my father used to quarrel with me and
asked me to drop the worship of ancestral gods but I turned
deaf ears to him because the ancestral gods were giving me
“Whenever he invited me for a programme in his church I used
to attend but he doesn’t come for my festivals because he
doesn’t like it. This is because the festivals are meant to
celebrate and appease the ancestral gods. During the
ceremonies, I used to kill cows, fowls and serve some images
of the ancestral gods with the blood of the slain animals.
“ I used to invite members of my Ogboni fraternity, members of
the community and the media to partake in them. The festivals
were very elaborate ceremonies that usually become the talk of
the town months after. Many pastors and Christians have
preached to me but I didn’t change my ways because I didn’t
think Jesus Christ could give me the powers I need to conquer
my enemies who want our land”, he added.
While narrating the incident that led to his conversion to
Christianity, Boboye said: “In January, an unusual Christian
from The Lord’s Chosen church who had come to buy some
pieces of land from me, challenged me on the gods I was
serving. I had boasted to him that I had remained safe, taking
over all our ancestral land from our enemies all these years
because the gods of my fathers have been protecting me. But
the man told me that the only most powerful, who can protect
me surely is Jesus Christ. He further advised me to accept
Jesus Christ as my Lord and saviour but I said that couldn’t
happen because I couldn’t lose the tremendous powers I have.
The man then told me that if I refused to accept Christ and
serve the true living God, God would arrest me one day and
bring me to Him. I told him to tell his God to bring me to Him if
The argument turned out to be Boboye’s undoing as what
happened afterwards not only shocked him but also turned his
life in the opposite direction.
In his words “It wasn’t up to a month after that encounter, I got
roped in a robbery case. The Special Anti-robbery Squad
(SARS) of the police in Akure invited me. So, I drove down
there with my wife. Before that day, whenever I have a case
with the police, I don’t spend more than five minutes before
solving it because I’m very popular with the police in the state.
This is because if they bring any charge against me and I say
this is what I want, they must accept but that night they
refused. It was a rude shock to me. Before, the policemen
feared me, because I could pronounce a curse on them and
they would be dismissed, but that night things turned suddenly
against me. The police threw me into the cell and the next
morning, my driver was brought to me. I was asked if I knew
him and I said he is my driver. The police then said that I was
being arrested on the suspicion that I sent the boy to rob.
“My driver denied robbing anybody but the policemen beat the
hell out of the two of us and threw us into the cell again. The
next morning I was taken to the court and from there I was sent
back to prison. And that was when a long nightmare began for
me. I was detained and refused bail for over five months but
God Himself visited me in the prison.
“A prison mate named Dagas, who was jailed for being a
deadly thug but had become a Christian convert in prison,
preached to me and I was touched. One day, I had a powerful
dream after praying with Dagas. I saw my dad by my bed in
prison. He asked me if all the ancestral gods I was serving
have saved me. He told me that he was the one who brought
me to the prison. He gave me a Yoruba Bible and asked me to
first read Psalm 119: 68 which reads: ‘before I was afflicted, I
had gone astray’. He asked if I knew the meaning of the
passage but I said no, he then asked me again to read verse 71
of same chapter, which says: ‘But it is better for me that He
chastised me so that I might know the right way.’
When I woke up from the dream, I was afraid and woke up the
boy who had prayed with me. When I told him about the dream,
he praised God and said that my being imprisoned was God’s
design to save me. Dagas said that it wasn’t my father who
appeared in my dream but God himself.
“The brother urged me to continue to pray to God to deliver me
from the prison".
What later convinced me the more was that mytravails then
were God’s design was that on May 23, the same man of the
Lord’s Chosen church visited me in the prison and prayed with
me. After the prayers he told me that God was about to deliver
me from the prison because He has shown me enough that He
is the almighty.
“Barely a week after the visit, the same judge who had been
refusing me bail, rejected several sureties and all that,
miraculously granted me bail.”