Bog standard supermarket olive oil was sold as a ‘miracle’ cure by a UK charity linked to controversial preacher Gilbert Deya, above.
The self-styled “archbishop”, according to this report, is notorious charlatan who has spent ten years battling an extradition to his native Kenya, where he is alleged to have trafficked babies out of Kenya.
Meanwhile the Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Gilbert Deya Ministries, which runs a church at Hulme Hippodrome, in Manchester.
The watchdog hopes to address concerns about safeguarding policies, practices and procedures at the charity which arose following the arrest of one of its trustees in 2014.
Earlier this year it was reported that a church within the Ministries group was selling £1.99 Aldi olive oil as a miracle cure for cancer and HIV.
The product was allegedly re-sold at a church shop in south London for £5.
The inquiry will examine the administration, governance and management of the charity by the trustees as well as safeguarding policies, procedures and practices.
It will also look into the circumstances relating to the alleged sale of olive oil.
A statement on the commission’s website reads:
The regulator has been trying to address a number of these concerns with the trustees, who have failed to report serious incidents to the commission and to provide adequate responses to the questions raised.
The regulator also has concerns that the charity may have been selling olive oil to which it attributed healing qualities. The regulator is concerned that such activity may be in breach of relevant regulations and law.
The probe comes after Deya visited Manchester for “7 days of unusual miracles” earlier this month.
When approached by the Manchester Evening News outside the venue, its reporter was turned away by Deya who refused to let the media witness any of his speech or miracles.
The media is evil, they are all liars, they write lies.
Although Mr Deya leads the church it is understood he was removed from the charity’s board several years ago.
Hat tip: Peter Sykes