A clergy, identified as Pastor Okoroafor Chidebere, has confessed killing his pregnant girlfriend, Onweagba Uluoma, and two others, while trying to conceal his deeds of defiling his members.
The Guardian gathered that the acclaimed clergy used the name of his church, ‘Altar of Solution, Izuoma, located at Afam, to lure miracle-seeking members, especially ladies, and end up impregnating or killing them.
The two others killed were Ezeawa Concila, Ada and a nine-month-old baby, Joseph Christabel, strapped to Ada’s back.
The incident occurred at Oyigbo Council of Rivers State.
The state Police Command, while parading the suspect yesterday at its headquarters on Mosco Road, said the clergy was apprehended with the assistance of the victims’ neighbours, who they told they were going to church.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Finance and administration, Mr. Cyril Okoro, while briefing journalists on the matter, yesterday, said: “According to investigation report conducted by the state CID, the alleged pastor is in a relationship with her girlfriend, a member of his church, and also carrying his baby.
“Okoroafor asked the deceased to abort her pregnancy, but she refused. This made the pastor to kill his mistress-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 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-month-old baby strapped to her back.
“According to the autopsy report, the baby was killed as a result of suffocation, which was caused as result of wrapper used in carrying the baby.”
Okoro explained that apprehending the pastor was made possible because the deceased told their neighbours where they were going on that day and when a few days after, the neighbours couldn’t find them, they lodged a complaint of disappearance at the Afam Police Divisional headquarters.
“After preliminary investigation and search by the Police, with members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma and a nine-month-old baby, identified as Joseph, were discovered in a bush along Afam-Igberu road on December 13, last year.
“Their corpses were evacuated and deposited at the mortuary. After more investigation, six days after the recovery of Uluoma and the baby, the decomposing corpse of the mother of the baby, Ezeawa, was recovered in an uncompleted building at Izuoma community in Oyigbo Council and subsequently taken to the mortuary.
“The investigation was subsequently transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID). After series of investigation and interrogation, the pastor confessed to murdering the deceased persons, based on the trust his victims had on him.
“He was able to manipulate the two women by first luring Ezeawa to an uncompleted building, while telling the other deceased person to wait three poles away, that he was coming to join her.
“After strangulating her in an uncompleted building, he also murdered his girlfriend in the bush.”
Asked if he regretted his actions, the clergy replied in the affirmative and appealled to the families of the deceased and the community to forgive him, claiming it was the devils handiwork that pushed him to carry out the act. (The Guardian)