In 2003, Olawale (Wale) was taken captive by a group of devil worshippers who prey upon young men, women and children.
The kidnappers in question are known to target innocent people, snatching, imprisoning and then murdering them in a black magic ritual. The sect believe that the devil will give them supernatural strength if they kill people and, unfortunately, Olawale was a prime target.
Wale was living in Nigeria and had been to visit friends in another part of his city. It was now early evening and he hopped onto one of the small ‘danfo’ buses travelling back to his area. Walking would take up most of the night, and it was not particularly safe either, so he opted for the supposedly safer option of taking a bus heading in the right direction. Ironically, Wale walked straight into a trap.
After one or two minutes, Wale realised that only he and the man sitting in front of him were actually passengers. The other six ‘passengers’ and the driver were nodding and gesticulating to one another – they were all in league together. One of the tactics of these satanic sects is to isolate one or two young people and then overpower them. Once overpowered they take them to a secret location where they are ritualistically murdered.
Wale says, “We both realised what was happening. The kidnappers tried to shut the door, but the other captive managed to jump through the gap and ran away. I wasn’t close enough to do the same and the door was locked shut before I could get there. The kidnappers grabbed me, and I began to wrestle with them with all of my strength.”
With one almighty punch, Wale managed to break the window next to him, but the six men were too much for one man to handle, and he eventually became exhausted.
The Power of Personal Prayer
There was only one thing to do. Wale prayed. He prayed with all of his might and asked God to help him to escape.
“I knew that these men would kill me if I did not escape”, Wale adds. “They were strong, and there were six of them against me, holding me down.”
The men threatened to kill him if he tried to escape again, but Wale knew that they would kill him anyway if he did not get away from them.
“As I was praying, the first thing that happened was that the bus driver seemed to have a change of heart. He told the others that they should let me go. They did not listen, but the bus began to slow down as he was talking to them, and then something miraculous happened. They seemed to be confused by the bus driver for a moment, and at the same time I felt a divine energy and strength surge through me. I realised that the Holy Spirit was giving me strength to overpower my captives. With one last effort, I managed to break free from them and I threw myself through the broken glass window onto the road outside.”
Bleeding and injured, but free from his captors, Wale ran into the darkness in the opposite direction the bus was travelling. He knew that he needed to find another bus to get him to safety, but he waited for a while in case the kidnappers doubled back to search for him.
A Praying Father.
Unbeknown to Wale, at the very same time that he was facing this ordeal, his father was at a Christian prayer meeting in which a prophetic message was given to the congregation. The message was to pray for the safety of a family member who was currently under attack. It was only afterwards when Wale arrived home and narrated his ordeal to his family that his father realised this had happened at precisely the same time as Wale was being held captive!
After waiting cautiously to make sure the kidnappers had gone, Wale was able to get another legitimate bus which took him back to the friends he had been with earlier that evening. They helped him to get cleaned up and to get home safely. Wale says,
“My father was initially shocked at my appearance as I was shaken and there was blood on my clothes, but he soon realised that my injuries were superficial and that God had answered the prayers for my safety”.
The family were overjoyed and overwhelmed with gratitude as they all came to realise that God had literally saved Wale from certain death that evening.
Another Miraculous Escape.
Amazingly, just a few months after the kidnapping ordeal, Wale’s life was again saved in a miraculous way, and this time without injury.
Wale was traveling home from university by bus when the vehicle broke down. They were half way through the journey and in the middle of nowhere. The bus driver and his conductor tried to flag down another bus to get the passengers home, but to no avail.
After waiting several hours, a Christian church bus pulled over and offered a lift to Wale and other stranded commuters. The church group in the bus were unaware of a curse that had been put on them by a landowner who was also a devil worshiper. They had purchased some land where they planned to build their own church, but they later discovered that a neighbouring landowner was angry and had cursed the church, asking the devil to kill them. Wale says,
“Driving at speed on the expressway, a tire suddenly burst and the driver lost control. The bus started to swerve all over the place. As soon as the bus began to swerve, I started to pray out loud, and the other passengers all began to pray, asking Jesus for help. The bus then hit the roadside before rolling and coming to rest on its side. The driver was underneath me, and I was pinned on top of the driver by the pastor, who was on top of me! But miraculously, everyone was alive. I knew from the Holy Spirit that this happened as a result of the curse from enemies of Christ. I had already received a prophetic word that I was meant to be on that bus, and I believe that it was so that we would pray and be saved”.
Despite the severity of the crash, Wale escaped without any injuries at all.
Wale became a Christian as a schoolboy in 1992.
“I met the Lord at a revival program that was organised by the family Baptist church. A week long packed-full program in which the Evangelist asked if anyone wanted to have a divine encounter with Jesus Christ through Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
Wale says he was absolutely ready. He experienced a total life change. Giving his life over to Jesus Christ, he was immediately filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. This encounter with God changed a number of things, but particularly the way he viewed the concept of sin. Wale realised that the Bible reveals a holy God and that we can only have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, who dealt with our sin on the cross. Wale adds,
“I decided to give everything to God, understanding that I am a sinner according to his word in 1 John 1: 8-10.” *
Wale then joined a Student Christian Fellowship and took a number of Bible correspondence courses. He found that joining in with evangelistic outreach and helping others actually strengthened his own faith.
“Looking at those years and what my Life is now, I can only thank Jesus Christ for the opportunity of knowing him in my early years. I learned to have faith in Christ and to surrender all to him, allowing Him to direct and guide me through numerous phases of Life. Faith in God is believing in the reality of the things that are beyond human comprehension – as the Bible says in Hebrews 11*. I thank my Father in Heaven for holding me up through numerous challenges of Life. When I fall, He raises me up. He corrects me when I make wrong decisions. I am so thankful to Jesus for giving His life for me on the Cross and paying my debt.
Wale now lives in New Zealand. He is married with two children and the family attend an Assemblies of God church.
By Ralph Burden
Photo: Wale with his wife Abi.
* 1 John 1:8-10: If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
* Hebrews 11:1-5: Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying – “he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.