The police in Ogun State have arrested a 45-year-old pastor, David Samuel, with a first generation Pentecostal church, for allegedly attacking his wife, Patience Samuel, with machete and inflicting deep cuts at the back of her neck.
Her offense – 42 years old Patience Samuel, who sells firewood, charcoal and food at the Redemption Camp to augment her husband’s N15,000 monthly salary and to support their five children, supposedly gave preference to her work over church activities.
She was persistently failing to attend prayer meetings and other church programs.
Punch reports that the pastor had on several occasions complained to his in-laws about his wife’s obsession with office work at the expense of her family and church services.
An elder brother of the victim, Samson Akpikie, was said to have earlier arranged a meeting between the couple and other district pastors of the church for December 15 (yesterday) to resolve their lingering differences.
But the Pastor, who could not wait, visited his wife at her station where their disagreement degenerated into a heated argument.
The pastor then attacked his wife with a machete during the argument.
Initially, David initially alerted the neighbours that his wife was attacked by some unknown men.
But doctors at the Federal Medical Center, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, where the injured wife was taken to, ordered that the case be reported to the police.
The pastor was said to have gone to the Owode-Egba Police Station, where he told the police that the woman was attacked by unknown men.
The police detained the pastor only for him to later confess to the crime after interrogation.
The Ogun Command Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
“The pastor is with us, he initially lied to the police that his wife was attacked by some men, but later confessed after interrogation. He will soon be charged to court for false information and wounding.”