A Nigerian clergyman, Ukachukwu Enoch Christopher has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife and burying the dead body in a shallow grave in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
Pastor Enoch, as he is popularly called, is the founder of Omega World Global Ministries in Nigeria.
According to multiple local media sources, the heartbreaking incident was discovered by youths in the community led by the OYC president, Comrade Effiong Johnson.
According to the reports, the woman had been missing for two weeks which raised eyebrows, so the youths swung into action and got the pastor to confess.
The Pastor confessed to murdering his wife and burying her in a shallow grave, BBC Pidgin English reported.
Pastor Enoch later led the youths to the grave on June 16, 2021 where the decomposed corpse of his wife Patience Christopher was exhumed.
The pastor was said to have accused the wife of being the source of his numerous woes in life, as well as infidelity, hence he beat her to death on June 9, 2021, Thisdaylive reported.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon on Thursday said the suspect was arrested after credible information by youths of the area.
“The state Police Command has arrested one Ukachukwu Enoch Christopher, 49, a resident of Eket LGA, who hails from Ebonyi State, for allegedly murdering his wife and burying the corpse in a shallow grave in his compound.
“The suspect, who said he had domestic differences with his wife, accused her of being the source of his numerous woes in life and infidelity, confessed to have beaten her to death as a result of the unresolved differences on June 9. In order to cover his tracks, he dug a shallow grave in his compound and buried her. The deceased’s corpse has been exhumed by the police and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.” the statement read.
It added that the state Commissioner of Police Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of SCID to take over the matter for discreet investigation.
The commissioner assured everyone that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Thanking the youths of the area for their partnership, Amiengheme warned perpetrators of domestic violence and other heinous crimes in the state to desist forthwith as the Command under his watch would spare no resources in bringing them to book.