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Pastor who strangle wife in Rivers arrested

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested a pastor identified as Chris Onyebuchi Amadi who allegedly strangled his wife to death during an argument in Aluu, Ikwere Local Government Area of the state.

Amadi, the pastor of a new generation church, Shalom Mercy Ministry located in Aluu, attempted to flee after he allegedly killed his 30-year-old wife, Evangelist Solution Amadi, who is also a pastor and marriage counsellor in the church.

Spokesperson of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the arrest to Punch on Thursday, November 11, said the deceased’s corpse was retrieved from the scene of the crime and has been deposited in a morgue.

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Omoni said the suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka.

“I can confirm the arrest of one Onyebuchi Amadi who had a misunderstanding with his wife on November 8. It was alleged that he (Onyebuchi Amadi) strangled her to death. So far, we have evacuated the corpse of the woman and taken it to the mortuary. The CP has ordered that the suspect be transferred to State CID for further investigation.” he stated.

Family sources said the incident happened on November 9, in their home at Mbodo Community, Aluu after a disagreement over school fees payment in his wife’s school.

“When she got to the house, they started quarrelling again and the husband started to beat her and then started to strangle her to the point that she collapsed and became unconscious, Opurum, older brother of the deceased said.

Opurum said when Amadi noticed that his wife had become unresponsive, he took her to the nearest clinic who confirmed her dead but referred him to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) for confirmation.

“Rather than do that, he brought her body home, covered it with a cloth and made to flee,” Opurum said.

According to Opurum, his sister had complained to them of her husband’s abusive nature but decided to stay in the marriage because of her position as a marriage counsellor in the church.