The grave is discovered.
Charles Nwoke, Uyo, Nigeria
June 17, 2021
Eket, Akwa Ibom State-based pastor, Chris Enoch has killed his wife and buried her corpse in a shallow grave inside the premises where they were dwelling.
He confessed to the police why he committed the crime.
The Ebonyi State-born 49-year-old, is the general overseer of Omega Word Global Ministries in Ikot Ataku village, Okon, in Eket, while his murdered wife, Patience, 40, was a petty trader who used to sell pastries in the local market.
The couple had five children together, the eldest is 15 years old.
Pastor Enoch’s church has been operating inside the same rented compound where he and his family have been living together.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in Akwa Ibom State, Odiko MacDon in a statement on Thursday, said, “The suspect, who had domestic differences with his wife, (and) accused her of being the source of his numerous woes in life and infidelity, confessed to having beaten her to death as a result of the unresolved differences on the 9th of June.”
“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,” he added.
Andrew Amiengheme, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command’s Commissioner, has ordered the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the SCIID to take over the investigation and assured that the suspect would be charged to court after the investigation, Mr. MacDon, the PPRO said.
The statement explained that the police commissioner was “appalled” by the killing, and therefore urged spouses “to be amenable to tolerance and resolve domestic issues before they degenerate into violence”.
The Police Chief in the state warned that perpetrators of domestic violence and other crimes in the state would be made to face the law, except they desist from it.
It was gathered that the community became suspicious when the pastor’s children complained to their neighbors that they had not seen their mother for days after she quarreled with their father.
The youths of the community, led by their president, Effiong Johnson, who is equally a ‘community police officer’, went to search the pastor’s compound and were shocked to discover the woman’s corpse buried in a shallow grave. The youths apprehended the pastor and handed him over to the police.