’The matter is more of a family issue and the Pastor has been granted bail but we are doing our best to unravel the situation”, the police source said .
‘’I was a petty trader in Ikorodu town before my marriage while my husband was a full time pastor. In the course of our relationship, I expended all my earnings but this was not in vain as I gave birth to a boy in February 2016. Three months after, my husband suggested we should visit his friend in Port Harcourt to raise fund for my business. During our three months stay, I became a prophetess and also assisted in evangelism.
But on one fateful day, my husband conspired with his friends to sacrifice me for ritual purposes and my refusal earned me incarceration as they tortured and gang-raped me. This took place for a number of days until I reached my sister through a text message and she came to my rescue. They separated me from my son and were about tying me to the ceiling fan when my sister arrived the one-room church.
My wedding gown and other items were kept for two years as he is yet to complete the dowry,”
In a chat with Vanguard, Pastor Uchenna alleged that his wife was both psychologically and emotionally imbalance during their stay in Port Harcourt. He said, ‘
’she used to see visions and loved evangelism but one day, she was on evangelism field with my friend’s relative when she was spiritually attacked and she started exhibiting strange behaviour. But my mistake was that I did not inform her parents believing it was a minor issue until she became violent and we had to seek spiritual help by inviting some pastors to conduct deliverance for her. She however sent a message to her elder sister and I was misunderstood. The scars on her body were as a result of the violent situation she found herself. How can I connive with others to kill the mother of my baby? Her family was just being harsh on me for failure to complete the dowry because out of N100,000, I only paid N40,000”.
In a telephone conversation, Port Harcourt based Uchenna’s friend, Pastor Quintus said Patience’s allegation was baseless. According to him,
‘’there is a misunderstanding between the pastor and his in-laws but I was not part of the development that led to Patience’s predicament,” Meanwhile, Patience was still undergoing both medical and spiritual treatment in Ilishan Remo but she vowed not to return to her cleric husband: ‘’I have spent all my earnings on this marriage which has almost cost me my life and I will never return to that home”, she said