MARTIN SSEBUYIRA & ZURAH NAKABUGO Pastor Obiri Korji Yeboah ENTEBBE: It's as strange as it's true. A man of God of Ghanaian extraction was arrested and interrogated at Entebbe Airport after he attempted to clear a machine which, police say, he has been using to deliver electric current on unsuspecting worshippers during church service. "Pastor' Obiri Korji Yeboah on July 5 failed to convince Aviation Police officers why he needed this machine to do God's work. He is now facing serious charges including fraud and false pretence," Police Spokesman Asan Kasingye told Sunday Monitor. Police said the machine could be worn like a corset on the body. It also can generate up to 12 volts. "When (he) touches his flock, they fall down (thinking) he is using super natural powers," Asan Kasingye said. The machine is placed on any part of the body and gives a pleasant electric shock to whoever touches you. The waterproof electric machine is activated within 10 seconds and can emit sparks of static electricity between the user's fingers while in darkness. The American company manufactures the machine known for freaking people's minds. Kasingye said the machine using the body as a conductor of electricity, transfers the current to the person in contact but the one using the device remains unaffected. Other "Born Again" pastors including the head of the National Council of Born Again Churches (NCBC), a body that regulate Pentecostal churches, are calling for prosecution of Yeboah. "Police should interrogate him properly, know where he stays and the people he works with so that we get a clear picture of it all," said Pastor Alex Mitala who heads NCBC. Yeboah is a pastor in We Are One Ministry Church on Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road, Makerere. His father, other pastors say, is Obiri Yeboah, the controversial pioneer of miracle healing in Uganda. His followers include several local pastors who include John Kakande. Pastor Solomon Male said: "It's a pity they have arrested Yeboah but police should not allow him to use a machine to deceive he has supernatural powers," Male said. "Yeboah's father was a witch, magician and I am not surprised that he was caught with that machine," Male added. Yeboah has denied charges he tried to import an electric shock machine to make people believe he could pass on the Holy Spirit. "This is a toy. It was sent for my daughters' birthday," said Yeboah. The pastor told the BBC that during his prayers, members of the congregation "act as the spirit comes in them". There has been a massive growth in churches set up by charismatic preachers in Africa in recent years, amid fears some could be fraudsters. The website of the company which makes the "Electric Touch" machine, among other magic tricks, says: "Charge a spoon, keys or coins and watch as it shocks a volunteer! "They will believe you have supernatural powers!" (Uganda Monitor) The Other Side Interpol Probes Pastor's Gadget Interpol has joined the Ugandan Police in investigating the origin of an electric shock device which was imported by a pastor. The gadget, which belonged Obiri Yeboah Korji of We are One Ministry, was impounded when the Customs officials became suspicious on reading its manual. The CID acting commissioner of crime, Elly Womanya, yesterday explained that they had requested their counterparts in the UK to contact Korjis mother over the matter. We are trying to get in touch with those who sent it, Womanya said by phone yesterday. Korjis lawyer, Augustus Ssewankambo, last week told journalists that his mother, who lives in the UK, sent the Electric Touch device to her 17-year-old-granddaughter. Made by Yigal Mesika, the device electrifies any person who puts it on. The electrified person transfers the power to any other person they touch. According to the Police, Korji wanted to dupe his followers into thinking that he has supernatural powers by using the machine. The Police last week announced that experts of explosives would examine the device. Meanwhile, Korji was expected to reappear at the CID headquarters in Kampala yesterday. Ssewankambo could not be reached for a comment yesterday.