Rev. Joseph Gardea Johnson, III, Senior Pastor of the Restoration Baptist Church, narrowly escaped two fellows who were in hot pursuit of his vehicle as he drove home on Thursday of last week. Narrating his ordeal, Rev. Johnson explained that he had gone to purchase some food items in Paynesville, while on his way back to his Old Road residence, he noticed that he was being seriously chased by two guys on a motorbike. He also noticed that they were signaling him to stop, something he totally refused to do considering the State of the Nation at the moment. This is a Nation where four Senior Auditors get killed just within a period of eight days and up to now nobody can find their killers, not even the government of the Nation.
He decided to ignore their gestures till he reached his apartment. At this point, he was sure they could not do anything much because there were lots of security officers on guard at his residence. Besides, his house is not far from his church which also had lots of security officers on duty that night. The occupants of the motorbike continued in their pursuit until they caught up with the Man of God. The passenger disembarked the bike and walked towards him, walking like one who had suffered a broken leg. He then asked them what was the matter. The 'hopping' fellow told him that he [the Reverend] had injured him while driving. He said,
"Hello Chief. You drove over my leg and didn't stop. You were running with too much speed in that crowded area and you almost killed me."
The Reverend said he was surprised as he didn't notice that he hit anything or anybody whilst driving. So he responded, "Really, I didn't know. Where did it happen?" The young man said it happened on the Old Road, in the Joe Bar Market.
Rev. Joseph Gardea Johnson, Senior Pastor, Restoration Baptist Ministries
The Reverend was even more taken aback. According to Rev. Johnson, he drove home from Paynesville by way of the Nigeria House route. This means that he did not pass through the Old Road Market, as this young man was claiming.
"How can I drive over his leg when I didn't use the market to go or even come?', the Rev. wondered. "Is it that my tyres went for a ride without me or he was standing in Old Road but his legs were stretched to boulevard?"
The Rev. said he knew straight away this was a lie. At this point, lots of security personnel and neighbors were gathering at the scene. The one riding the bike hurriedly escaped, saying that the other fellow had lied that it was a red jeep that injured him. The 'hopping fellow' too who was supposed to be suffering a severely injured leg was seen walking off in such a hurry, walking normally, and later took off like the speed of a lightning. This is how the Rev. described the situation,
"While focusing on the biker, the young man who pretended to be injured became normal and started walking away like nothing happened to him. His healing was instant, the fastest I have seen all my life as a pastor and ran at a speed I have not seen in recent years."
It was such a serious situation. The people who had gathered wanted to chase the young man, however, Rev. Johnson begged them to let him go with his trouble.
"THIS IS MY STORY!!!On Thursday of last week, I left my home in the evening to purchase Grilled Fish from one of my members at her restaurant at the Boulevard Junction.While there, I spent about 45 minutes to an hour waiting for the fish. Upon receiving the fish, I drove home. But because of the traffic it took me an hour or an hour and a half to reach home. So the entire trip to and fro was approximately 2 hours to 2 hours thirty minutes.Driving from Boulevard Junction, I used the Nigeria House Junction to enter Old Road because my house is not far from the church. This was the same route I used to go.When I was turning into the junction of my residence, I noticed through the view mirror two young men on a bike in hot pursuit of my vehicle indicating that I should stop. Considering the present situation with bike robberies in our country I didn't stop until I reach my residence fence where there are sufficient securities, well prepared.When I stopped, one of the young men on the bike got off and started to approach me but I noticed he was walking like one of his legs was hurt or injured.He reached me and said. " hello chief" and I said "hello how can I help you?" He said, "you drove over my leg and didn't stop" and he also said "You were running with too much speed in that crowded area and you almost killed me."I was surprised because I never notice it, so I said, "really, I didn't know. Where did it happened?"To my outmost surprise the young man said, "Old Road in Joe Bar Market."The question on my mind was how can I drive over his leg when I didn't use the market to go or even come?Is it that my tyres went for a ride without me or he was standing in Old Road but his legs were streshed to boulevard?At this moment I knew straight the guys were scammers trying to scam money out of me. By this time, all of the securities from the neighbours, from our rented home and the church were outside and more started to come outside.The bike rider noticed it and pulled off but while doing so he said "this guy lied to me, he said the jeep was red." It became clearer that they were actually scammers.While focusing on the biker, the young man who pretended to be injured became normal and started walking away like nothing happened to him.His healing was instant, the fastest I have seen all my life as a pastor and ran at a speed I have not seen in recent years.People from the neighbourhood wanted to chase him but I begged them to stop." - As narrated by Rev. Josephe Gardea Johnson on his social media handler.