A 32-year-old so called pastor, identified as Chidiebere Okoroafor, has confessed to killing three of his church members in his bid to conceal the pregnancy of his girlfriend.
Okoroafor is the founder of Altar of Solutions church in Port Harcourt.
He was arraigned before a Chief magistrate court in Port Harcourt, where he confessed to killing his pregnant girlfriend, Uloma Onwuagba, by strangling her. He also told the court that his second victim, a married woman by the name Comcillia Ezewa who is a friend of his pregnant mistress, died when he hit her on the chest and she fell on the ground.
He also admitted that the third victim, a nine month old baby, Christabel Joseph, died because he was left alone in the bush after his mother died.
Comcillia had dragged Uloma to the pastor’s house to challenge him for not taking responsibility of Uloma’s pregnancy. The clergyman lured her to an uncompleted building where he killed her. He then took Uluoma to a bush where he stragled her to death.
The state’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Finance and Administration, DCP Okoro Cyril, who paraded the suspect at the state police command last week, said the incident occurred at Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. DCP Cyril said the clergyman was apprehended with the help of the victims’ neighbours, who they told they were going to his church.
“According to investigation report conducted by the State CID, the alleged pastor is in a relationship with his girlfriend, a member of his church and also carrying his baby. Okoroafor asked the deceased to abort her pregnancy but she refused. The refusal made the pastor to kill Uloma’s friend by luring and strangulating her in an uncompleted building in order to cover up his deed. After he has committed this evil act, he now joined his late girlfriend at Afam road where they took a tricycle to Afam roundabout before taking a motorcycle to an isolated farm on Igberu road where he gruesomely murdered her with her deceased friend’s nine months old baby strapped to her back. According to the autopsy report the baby was killed as a result of suffocation by the wrapper used in carrying the baby.’’
Cyril explained that apprehending the pastor was made possible because the deceased had already told their neighbours where they were going that day. Few days after the neighbours couldn’t find them, they lodged a complaint of disappearance at the Afam divisional headquarters.
‘’After preliminary investigation and search by the police with members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma and a nine months old baby identified as Joseph were discovered in a bush located along Afam Igberu road on December 13, 2017. Their bodies were evacuated and deposited at the mortuary. Six days after the recovery of Uluoma and the baby, the decomposing body of the mother of the baby, Ezeawa was recovered in an uncompleted building at Izuoma community in Oyigbo LGA and subsequently taken to the mortuary.” he said
Meanwhile the court has ordered the pastor to be remanded in prison until further hearing.