Mrs Chinyere, the pastor’s wife at the Power of Pentecost Liberation Ministry, Okposi Achara in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was reportedly shot by unknown gunmen while service was holding in the church.
According to a report by The Sun, the incident happened at about 8:00 p.m as the church programme presided over by Prophet Uchechukwu Elijah was underway.
The assailants had targeted the pastor’s new wife, and shot her at close range on her forehead before fleeing the church.
The gunmen shot her when she went outside the Church building to urinate during the prayer session.
The incident, it was gathered, brought the church service to an abrupt end as the worshippers abandoned their Bibles and other belongings and scampered for safety.
A member of the Church who was inside the building when the incident occurred told Sunday Sun that the worshippers initially mistook the gunshot to be knock-outs from youths living in the area.
The source who gave his name as Onyema said that the woman was found on the ground outside the Church about 15 minutes after the gunshot was heard.
The source said that another member of the church who went out to urinate saw the pastor’s wife lying in a pool of her blood behind the church building.
“That night, everywhere was noisy. The church generator was blasting and also the noise from the women praying inside the church made it difficult for us to actually understand that it was a gunshot. But we heard the sound ‘taaa’, but we thought it was sound of knock-out. You know we are already in Christmas mood. But few minutes later, another church member went out to urinate and saw the pastor’s wife on the ground and shouted, then, everyone now came out.”
A source who lives within the vicinity of the church revealed that elders and leaders of the church had been at loggerheads with the man of God over his choice of Chinyere before the attack on the church.
“Before the woman was shot, there was already crisis between the pastor and some elders and leaders of the church. They were not happy that he (pastor) left the woman they brought for him from Onicha Igboeze (nearby community) to marry and went and married another person.
The Onicha lady is a member of the church too and she was the one who has been cooking and doing everything for the pastor. Everybody was seeing her as the pastor’s wife before he went and married Chinyere. They used to fight inside the church. The Onicha girl always fought with the pastor’s wife before the attack in the church,” the source said.
He further alleged that the elders of the church, the pastor’s first wife who lives in Lagos and the pastor’s jilted girlfriend were the ones who planned and executed the attack.