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Nigerian pastor docked for eloping with married woman  print

Published on February 9, 2013 by   ·   5 Comments

A Nigeria court has begun hearing the case of one cleric, Peter Ododa, who allegedly eloped with a member of his church, a married woman.

The Complainant’s Counsel, Mr Sunday Ijiga, told the Upper Area Court in Mararaba, Nasarawa State that his client, whose name he gave simply as Mr Okpara, got married to his wife on March 28, 2008, only for her to disappear in 2012.

“He said his wife Grace Okpara had shortly after their wedding joined the Holy Family Praying Ministry in New Karu.

“He said also that after he was once invited by his wife to the prayer house, he had since then been uncomfortable with the place.

“His wife continued visiting the prayer house, and suddenly started behaving strangely. Later in September 2011, she abandoned her husband and eloped with the accused who is the Lead Pastor at the church,’’ Ijiga said.

The counsel said that Okpara later reported his ordeal to the District Head of New Karu, who summoned Ododa and made him return Grace to her husband.

Ijiga said that from investigation, it was revealed that the pastor eloped with Grace finally in 2012.

“In spite of all the interventions and warnings from different parties, he refused to produce Okpara’s wife for him,’’ the lawyer said.

In his response, Ododa pleaded not guilty and insisted that Grace was not in his custody.

The Judge, Mr Vincent Gwahemba, ordered Okpara to produce his witnesses at the case’s next hearing date.

He also invited the district head to be at the next hearing of the case.

The judge asked for further investigations into the case and adjourned the matter to February 20 for ruling.

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5 Comments for “Nigerian pastor docked for eloping with married woman”

  1. MALLAM SHEHU

    WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO? FAKE PASTOR! FAKE IMAM! FAKE HERBALIST! EVERYONE IS FAKE, ALL GOING AFTER WORLDLY GAINS. MAY ALLAH SAVE US.
    BUT THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS STORY, FAMILY SHOULD WORSHIP TOGETHER. DO NOT ENCOURAGE THE WIFE GOING TO WORSHIP IN DIFFERENT PLACE FROM HER HUSBAND. MOREOVER, YOUR HEART IS THE TEMPLE. DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WISH SHOULD BE DONE UNTO YOU THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE TO CONGREGATE JUST BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING IT.

  2. jerryfranklyn emeka

    time shall come when people worship at their homes, cos corruption and fake pastors are causing havoc to the society. imagine this story, a pastor committing adultery, tell me what he will teach his followers. the easiest business to operate in nigeria today is (church). i pray that GOD descend on this fake, juju pastors, just for money or covet their neighours wives0

  3. Iroko man

    I WORSHIP IN MY HOUSE. GOD HEAR ME THAT WAY

  4. ken

    pastor leave dat woman for d husband now which kind whala be dis. God will forgive u cos u dont no what u are doing.

  5. frank akins

    Is this a criminal or civil case. Am sure it is a civil case because the woman here is an adult, unless she is the one complaining of kidnapp or imprisonment by the pastor. This is a clear evident that Nigeria police are not properly trained regarding the laws they are operating under. Or is there any law at all in Nigeria?

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