The police command in Imo has confirmed the death of a senior Pastor in Owerri, Thompson Onyekwuru, while trying to stop a fight between a couple in the state.
The police confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday by the command’s spokesperson, Mike Abattam.
Mr Abattam said the incident occurred at Umukoto Nekede in Owerri, adding that Onyekwuru was a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The police further disclosed that Mr Onyekwuru, 62, was trying to prevent Obumneke Onyemechileuzo from stabbing his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo when he was allegedly killed.
The police spokesman also revealed that Mr Onyemechileuzo, shot by the police, later died of a gunshot wound.
“Following a distress call on 19/7/2021 at about 1400 hours, at the Divisional Police Headquarters Nekede, Owerri, that one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo armed with a kitchen knife was beating his wife, Ogechi Favour Onyemechileuzo.
“When a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church Owerri, Pastor Thompson Onyekwuru, intervened by stopping him from stabbing his wife, the suspect rushed at him, stabbed him on his back, and he fell down unconscious,” a police statement said.
It added, “On arrival at the scene, the police team saw the suspect seriously beating his wife, threatening to stab her, and ran to prevent him from stabbing his wife.
“On sighting the police, he attempted stabbing one of the officers on the neck, and he was shot in the leg in self-defence. He fell down and was immediately disarmed.”
According to the police, the pastor and the couple “were rushed to Rosana hospital where the doctor on call referred the victims to Human Race Hospital,” where the pastor and the suspect were confirmed dead.
“The woman was admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital, and she is responding to treatment, while the corpses were later deposited at Agbala Mortuary, Agbala,” Mr Abattam said.
The command’s spokesperson stated that the exhibit knife was taken to the station while the police commissioner had ordered an investigation into the case.