A cleric of the Christ Apostolic Church (New Glory of God Parish), Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Solomon Samuel, has absconded with money meant for the treatment of his ailing wife, Olayinka.
The pastor was said to have used the ATM card of his 39-year-old wife to clear the money in her account and also collected funds raised by family members for the treatment before disappearing.
Naijaonpoint Media learnt that efforts to locate Samuel by family members since September 2021 had been futile as his mobile number remained unreachable.
Speaking with Naijaonpoint Media, a family member narrated, “About eight months ago, there was a misunderstanding between Pastor Samuel and his wife over N2,000 he took from where she kept it inside their house.
“The money was given to her by a client to purchase an item to make a dress but the pastor took the money and spent it. After the wife asked him to refund the money, it led to serious argument between them. He thereafter placed a curse on her, saying that a sickness that would take her life would come upon her soon.
“After two months, the wife developed a disease in her mouth that saw blood dripping from her gum. Despite this sickness, Pastor Samuel refused to take her to the hospital for treatment.
“His wife gave him her ATM card to withdraw some money from her account for them to go hospital; the pastor collected the money and spent it on a different thing.
“When the bleeding became persistent, the woman was advised by a doctor to go to University College Hospital in Ibadan for treatment. It was there it was discovered that she had cancer of the mouth.
“The families of the wife and the pastor summoned him to a meeting to confirm why he had not taken her to hospital all the while but he gave them no concrete reason.
“After serious prodding from both families, Pastor Samuel confessed to being behind his wife’s predicament. He promised to reverse the curse he placed on her during that meeting but he never did.
“His whereabouts has remained unknown since that period. We went to his house in Ogbomosho but he is no more there. His family members also said that they don’t know his whereabouts. We are appealing to all members of Christ Apostolic Church worldwide to save the woman from Pastor Samuel,” a family member told SaharaReporters on Monday.
Olayinka, who has three children for Pastor Samuel, has been unable to eat for the past five months, her family revealed.
She is said to be constantly on drip and receives at least three pints of blood every week due to the constant bleeding from her mouth — a development the family says has drained their already lean pockets.
“We spend close to N100,000 every week on her treatment for the past four months but the bleeding has not stopped.
“She needs to go for a treatment in Lagos that costs N1.6million but we don’t have that type of money. We are afraid for her life, she does not deserve to suffer this way. Pastor Samuel must be arrested and made to answer for her condition,” one of her relations added.
An aunt of the accused, who asked not to be named, disclosed that they were working with Olayinka’s family members to locate the fleeing cleric and also raise funds for her treatment.
“We are all working together to locate Samuel. Wherever he is, he must be fished out to answer for the suffering of his wife,” the elderly woman said.
Confusion as security operatives exchange blows during Buhari’s Kaduna visit
There was confusion when security agents exchanged blows while President Muhammadu Buhari was commissioning Kawo bridge in the heart of Kaduna state, city, on Thursday.
President Buhari arrived in Kaduna State to commission projects executed by the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
The projects are in Kafanchan, Kaduna and Zaria.
Shortly after his return from Kafacnchan, the President commissioned the Kawo bridge.
However, an altercation among security operatives attached to the President and those based in Kaduna resulted in exchange of blows.
Trouble started when some operatives of the Department of State Services blocked the road to Kawo bridge soon after the President who mounted the bridge.
Governor El-Rufai, who had earlier alighted from his vehicle, rode in the President’s convoy to the bridge.
The security agents, who barred journalists and other dignitaries from accessing Kawo bridge, blocked the road after El-Rufai and the President were on the bridge.
However, El-Rufai’s Aide-De-Camp insisted that the governor’s official vehicle must be allowed access.
Daily Trust reports that the President’s security aides stood their ground and this resulted in not just an altercation but exchange of blows.
Eventually, the governor’s vehicle was given access.
Two die, five injured as truck crushes motorcycle in Cross River
The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of two persons in an accident in the early hours of Thursday in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The Public Education Officer of the Corps in Cross River State, Mark Ajuka, confirmed the death of the victims in an interview.
Ajuka, a Superintendent Route Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria that five persons were also injured in the crash that involved a truck and a motorcycle.
He said that investigation revealed that the crash was caused by a brake failure from the truck driver.
He said: “The accident occurred early this morning in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River.
“The deceased have been evacuated from the scene of the crash, while those injured were taken to the General Hospital in Ugep for treatment.”
An eyewitness, James Eteng, told the NAN that the tragic incident occurred at St. Pius Primary School in Nko community.
“Today is a black Thursday for us in Nko community.
“We have lost a son and a daughter in an accident that occurred this morning.
“As we speak, the whole community is in mourning mood, we can only console with the family to bear the irreparable loss.”