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Edo Police Command Arrests Pastor Over Using Wife For Rituals


By Ignatius Okpara, Benin

BENIN NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) Police operatives in Edo State have nabbed a Pastor, identified as Mr. Kingsley Amayo, for allegedly killing and using his wife, Mrs. Faith Amayo for ritual.

Family of the deceased according to the Police, had written a petition to the Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin city, the Edo State capital, South- South Nigeria, accusing their son in-law of knowing about what led to the sudden death of their daughter.

However, shortly after receiving the petition, AFRICAN EXAMINER gathered that the police swooped into action and reportedly picked up the suspect Amayo, who is a in one of the popular Pentecostal church in Uromi town, Esan North-East council Area of the State.‎

Amayo was picked up by the police alongside three other pastors of the church.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen Friday, Emeka Iheanacho, the Zone 5 Public Relations Officer, said the discrepancies in the report made to the police on the death of the 38-year-old woman informed the investigation.

He added that a case of motor accident was reported at Ekpoma Police Division by the Pastor, while the family of the deceased wrote a petition to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in the zone, alleging murder.

According to Iheanacho, “The matter was reported at the Edo State Command where initially they were investigating a fatal motor accident, before the family of the late woman, (Faith Amayo), initiated a petition to the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police alleging foul play.

“So the petition before AIG is from the family of the deceased where they suspected that the husband must have used the woman for ritual.

“So, that is the matter we are investigating presently. the zonal spokesman disclosed.

“Officials of the Zone 5 Police Headquarters arrested Amayo, and three other Pastor of his church which will not be named until investigations are complete.

“The investigating team will unravel the circumstances of the woman’s death,”.

Elder brother to the late Mrs. Amayo, Engr. Fidelis Evbuomwan, had told newsmen that the deceased who was childless until her sad demise, was legally “married to Pastor Kingsley Amayo in 2011.

Hear him: “On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Pastor Kingsley Amayo had through his elder brother, one Chief Iso, informed the family that their daughter, Mrs Faith Amayo, had died in a motor accident at Ujogba, while her husband was driving her to Benin City.

“We had to instruct our lawyer to initiate a petition when Amayo gave conflicting accounts of how our sister, his wife died in an accident he was also involved.

“Our findings revealed that no case of accident was recorded at Ujogba nor reported at Ekpoma Police Division in charge of the area that fateful day.

“There was no report of the other vehicle which was allegedly involved in the head-on collision with Pastor Amayo’s Sienna car.

“Who rescued them and the hospital where my sister was pronounced dead, who embalmed her corpse before she was taken to mortuary in Uromi?

“Why was it not reported to the police or why did they not wait for her family members to see her,” the worried looking Evbuomwan asked?

He however, urged relevant authorities especially the police to ensure that justice prevail in the sad and unfortunate incident.

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