Rivers State Police Command have paraded the Senior Pastor of a new generation church, Alter of Grace Ministries, Pastor Chidiebere Okoroafor for the alleged murder of 3 persons.
The pastor is accused of killing three people, including two pregnant women and an infant in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The bodies of the woman and her daughter were recovered alongside that of the third victim, Olumma Onweagba, within the premises of the church, Alter of Grace Ministries near Izuom market in Oyigbo.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Pastor Okoroafor had impregnated Olumma Onwaagba who until her death was a member of the church choir.
It was gathered that the detained Pastor allegedly pressured his victim to terminate the pregnancy which she refused.
It was gathered that Olumma’s refusal to terminate the pregnancy led to her death and that of those who knew about the scandal.
Joseph Ezenwa, husband of Concilia Ezenwa told newsmen that the Pastor invited his wife and her friend to his church to amicably discuss the pregnancy but they never returned.
“On the 11th of December, 2017 when I returned from my normal hustling I did not see my wife. I searched for her every where till around 11pm until I saw one of my neighbors who told me that my wife told her that she should tell me that she was going to see Pastor Okoroafor.
“Pastor Chidiebere Okoroafor invited Olumma to the Church so that they can settle the matter of her pregnancy amicably but Olumma decided to invite my wife to accompany her with the belief that the Pastor will not harm her if he sees a mature woman with a baby.
“The next day I went to Pastor and asked him where my wife and her friend are. The Pastor denied knowing them but later agreed but said he last saw them 3months ago. Meanwhile two weeks before then my wife had told me she was going for prayer with her friend in that church and with the pastor. That was when I noticed foul play.
“Few days later I got a call from the Police. I went , behold I saw the body of a little child and a woman; the little child was my daughter while the woman was Olumma but we did not see my wife.
“After some days they called again and by this time it was my wife’s decomposing body in the Church premises, ” he said.
When contacted, Spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the incident.
He said, “We are aware of the matter and it is being handled by the Homicide department of the state CID.
“Some people have already been taken into custody including the pastor but where we are now is that doctors have been contracted to carry out an autopsy. We are on the matter and we will get to the bottom of it.”