The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the death of Thompson Onyekwuru, a leading pastor in Owerri, who was killed while attempting to separate a couple in the state.
SP Mike Abattam, the spokesperson for the Imo police command, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
The event happened in Umukoto Nekede in Owerri, according to Abattam.
Onyekwuru was a minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Imo, according to him.
Before he was allegedly killed, Onyekwuru, 62, was allegedly attempting to prevent Obumneke Onyemechileuzo from stabbing his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo, during a fight between the two.
According to him, Obumneke, the husband, died later from a gunshot wound.
“Following a distress call on 19/7/2021 at around 1400 hours, at the Divisional Police Headquarters Nekede, Owerri, that one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo was beating his wife with a kitchen knife, Ogechi Favour Onyemechileuzo, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church Owerri, Pastor Thompson Onyekwuru, intervened by stopping him from stabbing his wife, Pastor Thompson On The suspect sprang at him, stabbing him in the back, and knocking him out.
“When the police arrived on the scene, they witnessed the suspect severely assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her; they hurried to prevent him from stabbing her.
“When he saw the cops, he attempted to knife one of them in the throat, but he was shot in the leg in self-defense.
“When he went down, he was disarmed right away.”
The pastor and the suspect, on the other hand, were declared dead after being brought to Rosana Hospital, where the on-call doctor directed the victims to Human Race Hospital, according to Abattam.
The woman was admitted to the hospital’s acute care unit and is responding to treatment, according to him, while the bodies were later interred at Agbala Mortuary in Agbala.
The display knife was transferred to the station, according to Abattam, and the Commissioner of Police has ordered a quiet investigation into the incident to figure out what happened.
“The CP also advised the people to keep the peace, follow the law, and go about their legal businesses pending the outcome of the investigation,” he added.