Zambian authorities have arrested a Nigerian cleric, Pastor Isaac Amata for allegedly trafficking 26.29 kilogram of ephedrine, a medication and stimulant drug, a spokesperson said on Thursday.
Isaac Amata, 42, is known for having predicted that President Edgar Lungu will win Zambia’s 2016 general election.
He was arrested by anti-drug officers on Wednesday upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the country’s capital, according to Drug Enforcement Commission spokesperson Theresa Katongo.
She said the Nigerian pastor was arrested upon arrival at the airport from Nigeria aboard a South African Airways plane.
She said the suspect is currently in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Pastor Isaac Amata is a popular man of God in Zambia and has been widely criticized by the Zambian media for his controversial activities and prophecies.
In the year 2017, the pastor made a prophecy about the U-20 team of the country. He claimed God showed him they would win the world cup, but were eventually eliminated after a 3-2 loss to Italy at the quarter finals.
Zambians immediately stormed his Facebook page demanding an explanation why his prophecy about the Zambia U-20 team did not come to pass.
Amata who is no stranger to controversy and whose call to fame in Zambia is his prediction of the victory in the 2016 election of President Edgar Lungu on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 decried what he called the manipulation, politicization and personalization of his prophecy and ‘directives’.
In another prophecy of his, which did not come to pass. The pastor predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States of America and that she would defeat her opponent then, President Donald Trump.
Pastor Isaac Amata for some time, has been under the watch of the Zambian government with a lot of Zambians asking the government to repatriate the pastor who is alleged to be HIV positive.