One Pastor Chidiebere Okoroafor of Altar of Solution Church. Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has been arrested on suspicion of killing three persons and an unborn baby after impregnating one of his victims, Ada Concila Ezeawa(25).
Okoroafor allegedly killed the trio of Ada who was five months pregnant for him, Mrs. Uloma Onweagba and her nine- months -old baby Christabel Joseph-Onweagba in cold blood on December 11, 2017.
It happened when Ada and Mrs. Onweagba with her baby strapped to her back went to keep an appointment with the cleric on the pregnancy issue.
Speaking with journalists on Friday at the State Police Command in Port Harcourt, the Deputy State Commissioner of Police, in charge of Administration, Cyril Okoro, said, “The case started unfolding on December 11, 2017. At about 11am, the whereabouts of Concilia Ezeawa, Christabel Joseph and Uluoma Onweagba (all female) became unknown to their families.
“This resulted in the lodging of a formal complaint on their disappearance at the Afam Divisional Headquarters. After a preliminary investigation by the police, coupled with a diligent search by members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma Onweagba and Christabel Joseph (baby) were discovered in a bush along the Afam-Igberu Road on December 13, 2017.
“Their corpses were immediately evacuated and deposited at the mortuary pending further investigation. On December 18, 2017, the decomposing corpse of the real mother of the baby, Concilia Ezeawa, was recovered in an uncompleted building in Izuoma community in Oyigbo Local Government Area . The corpse, which was at an advanced stage of decomposition, was evacuated and deposited at the mortuary pending further police investigation.
“The pastor, who was said to have been involved in an amorous relationship with one of the deceased, Onweagba, was invited, interviewed and interrogated about the murders of the victims.
“He was subsequently detained as his explanations were not convincing, particularly compared to the information at the disposal of investigators that the deceased persons had on December 11, 2017, informed close neighbours that they were going to see the pastor over a pregnancy issue involving Onweagba.”
DCP Okoro said the pastor later confessed to the crime after being faced with overwhelming evidence and facts linking him to the murder of the deceased persons.