A respected man of God and the Founder/General Overseer of God’s Power City Church, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Gideon Idio, has been arrested by the state Police Command for allegedly murdering a female church member, Joanna Okon, during an altercation that occurred in his office.
It was gathered that Pastor Idio had invited the deceased to his office for an undisclosed assignment which later turned violent and he allegedly strangled her to death.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, while parading the suspected killer-pastor at the State Police Command Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, the pastor had invited Okon into his office on the day of the incident when an altercation arose between the duo that led to the suspect attacking the victim, which reportedly caused her to collapse.
“The so-called pastor locked the deceased inside his office and used the deceased phone to call her close relation claiming to be a tricycle driver, who picked up the girl from Udotung Ubo Street en route Itam, where she slumped inside the tricycle and is being taken to an undisclosed hospital.
As if that was not enough the suspect later, at about 7pm, informed the relations of the girl that he saw the corpse of the deceased at IBB Road, Uyo, and had removed the corpse to his office, after which the suspect and relations of the deceased conveyed the corpse to a mortuary at Ibiono Ibom,” the PPRO said.