BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH AUG 2017-Televangelist famously known for miracle babies evangelism Gilbert Deya has been deported from United Kingdom to Kenya. He arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 4.40 am on Friday August 4, aboard a Kenya Airways flight.
Deya was ordained by the United Evangelical Church of Kenya and styles himself “Archbishop”. He was an evangelist in Kenya in the late 1980s to early 1990s, but moved to the UK, establishing Gilbert Deya Ministries in 1997.
He is set to face child trafficking charges after being handed over to the Kenyan Authorities following accusations that he coordinated the trafficking of children, who his church would later present as ‘miracles’ for barren mothers.
Police also alleged that Deya stole five children between May 1999 and December 2004 from Pumwani Hospital to facilitate his ‘miracle babies’ project. In 2005, Mr. Deya’s wife Mary Deya was handed a three-year jail term after she was found guilty of stealing a child from the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Mary falsely claimed that the baby was hers, but it was later confirmed that she had stolen it.
On 13 December 2006, Mr Deya was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police. A police spokesman said Gilbert Deya was detained under an arrest warrant issued by Kenyan authorities, who had charged him with child abduction and trafficking.
He was ordered by a court on 8 November 2007, to be extradited from the UK to Kenya to face five counts of child trafficking.
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