24 Jan 2016
EXCLUSIVE by BRIAN FLYNN, Investigations Editor, and LEE SORRELL
A FAKE “Archbishop” is flogging olive oil from Aldi as a wonder cure for cancer.
Gilbert Deya, 63, is also fleecing gullible church-goers with cash-for-miracles scams.
Incredibly, this is happening in 21st-century London.N INVESTIGATION: Fake Archbishop scams churchgoers with ‘miracle cure’
Deya, who calls himself the Archbishop of Peckham, rakes in millions running dodgy evangelical churches in the UK.
This despite a ten-year battle to return him to his native Kenya to face baby-stealing charges.
Our two-month undercover investigation caught him and his pastors falsely selling olive oil from Aldi as a cure for cancer and HIV, and charging to perform “miracles” and to ensure infertile women conceive.
Horrified MP David Lammy last night branded Deya a “pernicious crook”.
And the Charities Commission launched a probe in the wake of our investigation.
But the Home Office insisted it STILL cannot expel him five years after Home Secretary Theresa May signed off his extradition.
Our investigators posed as a husband and his cancer-hit wife to infiltrate Deya’s church HQ in a deprived area of Peckham, South London.
His right-hand man Pastor Kamara assured them Deya’s miracle oil – on sale for £5 in the church shop – would cure the killer disease if used on her food.
He handed them a badly-spelled leaflet detailing its “mystical powers”, which include overcoming illness and debt.
Unaware he was being filmed, he promised: “Don’t use any oil except this oil…and the cancer will just disappear. The healing will take place.”
Deya claims the oil is special because he has personally “anointed” it.
He was charged £5 for the 750ml bottle of Solesta extra virgin olive oil, which has an Aldi logo on the label.
The same oil cost £1.99 in the supermarket.
Another of his lieutenants Pastor Gabriel added: “The oil is not any oil, as the Bishop normally prays with it.
“So this oil heals thousands of people here. Thousands of people…minimum thousand people been healed of every kind of diseases.”
He described how one who used the oil to treat HIV was “cured completely”.
Our couple were also taken into a room where a pastor performed a disturbing ritual to “cure” our investigator.
Rubbing “anointed” cooking oil into her chest, the minister assured her: “This is the start of your miracle.
“You could be here now and tomorrow you go to the doctor and when the doctor checks you find that that cancer is gone.”
During the lengthy ceremony, the pastor pushed our girl to the ground while shouting: “Yes you snake that have put cancer in her blood.
“Every tainted witchcraft has to go. Yes, go out of her now.”
One church leaflet lists Deya’s miracles, including curing a broken leg in one day by prayer.
A worshipper supposedly gave thanks by buying ten of the preacher’s books only to miraculously find all his debts then vanished and his post-menopausal wife was pregnant.
The leaflet also claims a car crash victim’s broken arm “healed in 10 minutes”.
When our couple asked Deya if he could help them conceive, he summoned four children he claimed were born to the same mother at six-monthly intervals thanks to his miracle prayers.
Pointing at each in turn, he said: “After she was born, six months he was born, six months he was born, six months he was born. The mother is here.”
Our man asked: “So you helped their mother give birth every six months?”
Despite this scientific impossibility, Deya replied: “In the name of Jesus, everybody knows about this.”
His son Amos then requested a £700 “sacrifice” up front to help our couple conceive a “miracle” baby, suggesting they could sell their car to fund further “sacrifices”.
Our man told Amos: “We have been told categorically by medical people that our chances of having children are zero.”
Yet Amos insisted infertility would not stop his wife passing a pregnancy “blue” test if the money was paid.
Before pocketing the “sacrifice”, Amos asked our reporter whether she had ever had sex with a spirit while asleep.
He explained: “There are a lot of women who are barren because of that.”
Amos rubbed supermarket oil on the couple’s head and went on: “We can take this journey and rush with it to its conclusive end, which is going to be fantastic.
“Then the day she wakes up and does the blue test that I have prayed for – that particular day, that blue test, you don’t go to Nando’s and celebrate, you run to the house of God.
“You say, ‘Man of God, this is my third sacrifice [donation].’
“I tell you, it is now happening. On the day you’re carrying your baby, you can sell all your cars, I don’t care.
“You say, ‘Lord now I thank you. I have a son or a baby.’”
The pastor warned he expected a huge donation when the couple had their baby.
He added: “At that time, I would like you to do an amazing sacrifice.
“You can come to the altar, whether it’s two thousand or a thousand or five thousands, and say, ‘Lord, I say thank you.’”
Deya also urged followers who fall sick to call him BEFORE an ambulance or medic.
He told his spellbound congregation: “If you are part of our ministry, before you call an ambulance when you are sick call us first because if it is a spiritual problem we take care of it before you go to see the GP.
“We have seen many miracles happen – healing of cancer, fibroids and many things beyond the medication of the doctor.”
The showman was also filmed pulling one woman on crutches from the congregation and instantly “curing” her of multiple sclerosis so she could walk off stage unaided.
Sermons ended with donation envelopes and requests for bank details.
Accounts show Deya’s hope-filled cocktail of “miracles” and immaculate conceptions is reaping a fortune.
He enjoys a jetset lifestyle, posing alongside a personalised helicopter.
GDM claims to have 34,000 followers in churches in Manchester, Liverpool, Reading and Crawley.
Accounts show the registered charity banked £865,620 in donations in 2014, with another £1million in savings and £2million in properties.
Deya’s church blew £80,589 running Internet TV and radio stations, £41,000 on cars and £74,593 paying guest preachers.
By contrast, just £29,430 went on poverty relief.
Although showman Deya leads the church, he was removed from the charity’s board in 2012 amid concerns at how it was being run.
Deya was first arrested for extradition by Scotland Yard in 2006.
He is accused of stealing five children from Kenyan slums after claiming followers gave birth “through the power of prayer.”
DNA tests proved they were not the natural mums.
At Deya’s Nairobi home, police found 10 children with no genetic connection to the family.
Wife Mary was jailed but he fled to the UK.
In 2007 Deya’s human rights appeal against extradition was dismissed and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith ordered his removal.
In 2011 her successor Theresa May again signed it off and the Home Office confirmed: “He has exhausted all avenues of appeal against extradition.”
Yet incredibly Deya is STILL preying on Britain’s vulnerable.
MP David Lammy, who began campaigning for Deya’s deportation after a couple in his constituency returned from Kenya with a “miracle baby”, demanded urgent action.
He said: “For over a decade I’ve been pressing for Gilbert Deya to face justice for his child trafficking and cruel exploitation of vulnerable people.
“This pernicious crook is still running rings around the Home Secretary and the Police. We need action.”
Although Deya leads the church, he was removed from the board of the charity in 2012 amid concerns at how it was being run.
Deya refused to comment on the Sun’s investigation, insisting he did not talk to “evil liars who are confused”.
The Home Office last night said: “We continue to consider representations being made by Mr Deya’s legal team. It would be inappropriate to comment further.”