Alleged adultery: Edo police hunt for fleeing pastor
The police in Edo State have launched a manhunt for the pastor of Miracle House of God Prophetic Ministry on Ituanyemwangbon Street, Prophet Great Emokpae, who allegedly had an amorous affair with the wife of one Anthony Ehikioya.
It also said it had commenced investigation to uncover the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Ehikioya had accused Emokpae of having an affair with his wife, after he reportedly obtained an audio recording containing a conversation between the two.
Angered by the development, he was said to have mobilised some youths to the church, also known as Solution City, located off Upper Uwa Street in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, on Sunday where property belonging to the church were destroyed and some charms allegedly discovered.
Our correspondent observed at the scene of the incident that several items, including chairs and musical instruments, were destroyed by the mob.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, told Southern City News on Tuesday that it received a complaint from the husband of the woman and had begun a search for the fleeing pastor.
Nkombe also said that the police would take an action against those who raided the church in a manner he described as jungle justice.
“The pastor is on the run. There is a manhunt for him,” he said.
A source, who did not want to be mentioned, had said that Ehikioya had been suspicious of the wife, who was the woman leader of the church, as she had allegedly refused to perform her marital duty.
The source had said, “What happened was that the man had been noticing that his wife was no longing wanting to sleep with him. It was on that note that he told his children that their mother did not allow him to have sexual intercourse with her.
“So, he programmed the woman’s phone. So when they went through all the recordings, they now discovered that the pastor was calling the woman and speaking of his previous sexual encounter with her. It was on that note that they (mob) stormed the church today (Sunday).”
The prophet could not be reached either through his father or two telephone numbers that were sighted on one of the banners of the church.
But the father of the pastor, who identified himself as Emokpae, had dismissed the allegation as a set up and accused the complainant of allegedly taking the law into his hand by attacking the church.
He said, “I was just at home when the policemen came asking for the pastor. They said that he was having an affair with one of his members.
“They said they wanted to see him and I told them that he was not around because he left in the morning. I was surprised.
“He (Ehikioya) has reported the matter at the (police) station. What made him to use people to scatter the church?”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.