One Pastor Hillary, a Christ Embassy Pastor in Lagos has been arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department, CID, Yaba, Lagos, for secretly impregnating one of his church choir members, Vivian Ndukwu, 28, leading to the death of the young woman..
The family of the 28-year-old woman did not only arrest Pastor but demanded that the marriage rites of their late daughter be performed by the pastor.
Punch reports that the 29-year-old Pastor was accused by the family to have had a secret romantic relationship with the deceased and to avoid a scandal, they had decided to keep the relationship secret until Vivian became pregnant.
On realising she was pregnant, Hillary allegedly convinced Vivian to relocate to Agbara town in Ogun State to stay with a woman who had an orphanage. She stayed at the orphanage until she was delivered of a baby girl on May 3, 2014.
However, eight days after the delivery of the baby, Vivian was taken to a hospital after she complained of fever and headache. She eventually died, while her remains had been taken to the Badagry General Hospital morgue.
“After telling us that she was going to Abuja, we did not hear from her until her death. But we later learnt that Grace (orphanage owner) and her husband organised a naming ceremony for the new baby without informing us. Anyway, my family and the pastor’s family have met and we agreed that Hillary will perform all the marriage rites for my late daughter according to the tradition of our people. We are doing this because a child is involved. The Pastor did not deny his responsibility, so the normal thing must be done.”
Confirming the report, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said, “The matter is under investigation at the Homicide Section of the SCID. The police is not aware of any negotiation between the two families.”