The pastor’s wife, Veronica Ngwu, was said to have petitioned the court over the development.
The victims whom Mr. Ngwu converted to his “wives” were said to be members of his church: Gods’ Favour Ministry, Nsukka.
One of the victims, Calista Omeye, however, told the court that her husband, Fidelis Omeye, had persuaded her to meet the pastor as he wanted her to do the will of God through the pastor.
“My husband was a member of the church and he introduced me to the church, because he said that the pastor had a revelation for me (Calista),” Mrs. Omeye said.
She said the revelation had to do with the will of God “but he later left the church but I refused to leave the church with him.
“I have 10 children for him and we were all members of the church before he left and I had a baby for the pastor but the baby died after some weeks,” she told the court.
She said that it was with her husband’s consent that their daughter was given to the pastor in marriage.
“It is not true that I gave out our daughter in marriage to the pastor without the consent of my husband, he was aware of everything,” she said.
Mr. Ngwu, who hailed from Ihe-Owerre, Nsukka, was absent from the court as he was said to be on admission at a hospital in Enugu.
The presiding magistrate, R.I. Oruruo, adjourned hearing in the matter to September 26.