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Why I killed and buried my wife in my church premises – Pastor

It was gathered that days after the incident, their children began to ask about the whereabouts of their mother.

Pastor Ukachukwu Enoch Christopher, 48, the founder of Omega World Global Ministries, Ikot Abia, in Eket Local Government Area, has been detained by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for the alleged murder of his wife, Patience Christopher, 40.

The suspect killed his wife and mother of his five children and buried her in a shallow grave inside his rented church grounds, according to Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Odiko Macdon, who made the announcement in a press statement on Thursday in Uyo.

The suspect, an Ebonyi State native who lives in Eket, is accused of beating his wife to death during a domestic dispute and then burying her in a small grave on the grounds.

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It was gathered that days after the incident, their children began to ask about the whereabouts of their mother.

One of the children according to our source reported to the neighbours, who alerted the Okon Youth President, Comrade Effiong Johnson,

Johnson reportedly brought the matter to the attention of the Eket Divisional Police.

The Police noted that the corpse has been exhumed and deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

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The statement in parts;

“the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested one Ukachukwu Enoch Christopher, 49 years old, a resident of Eket Local Government Area who hails from Ebonyi State for murdering his wife and burying the corpse in a shallow grave in his compound.

“On 16th of June, 2021, at about 2:00pm, relying on information from Youths of the Area, the DPO of Eket Divisional Police Headquarters, CSP Sunday Digha and Team, arrested one Ukachukwu Enoch Christopher who resides at Ikot Abia village in Eket Local Government Area for murdering his wife, one Mrs Patience Christopher, 40 years of age, a mother of five (5) children.

“The suspect who had domestic differences with his wife 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.

“In order 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.”

According to a police spokeswoman, Commissioner of Police Andrew Amiengheme has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID to take over the investigation and ensure that the suspect would be charged in court as soon as the inquiry is complete.

The CP has advised offenders of gender-based violence to stop immediately or face the full force of the law, he added.

He urged spouses to endure and resolve marital conflicts before they get violent.

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