The pastor, identified as Kingsley Amayo, was arrested with three other pastors of the church in connection with the death his wife, Mrs. Faith Amayo, 38, after the woman’s family wrote a petition, alleging questionable circumstances surrounding the death of their daughter.
Elder brother of the deceased, Engineer Fidelis Evbuomwan, who spoke with journalists in Benin, disclosed that the deceased who was yet to have a child was properly married to Pastor Kingsley Amayo in 2011.
He said his bereaved family had to instruct their lawyer to initiate a petition when their in-law, Pastor Kingsley Amayo gave conflicting accounts of how his wife died in an accident he was also involved.
Evbuomwan explained that on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Pastor Kingsley Amayo had through his elder brother, one Chief Iso, informed the family that their daughter, Mrs Faith Amayo, had died in a motor accident at Ujogba while her husband Pastor Kingsley Amayo was driving her to Benin City.
According to Engineer Evbuomwan, their findings revealed that no case of accident was recorded at Ujogba nor reported at Ekpoma Police Division in charge of the area that fateful day. They appealed to the concerned authorities to ensure that justice prevailed
Evbuomwan appealed to the police to unravel the location of the accident, the other vehicle allegedly involved in the head-on collision with Pastor Amayo’s Sienna car, who rescued them and the hospital where his sister was pronounced dead, who embalmed her corpse before she was taken to mortuary in Uromi and why was it not reported to the police or wait for her family members to see her?
The Zonal Public Relations Officer (ZPRO) DSP Emeka Iheanacho, explained that the discrepancies in the report made to the police on the death of the woman informed the investigation.
He said a case of motor accident was reported at Ekpoma Police Division by the pastor while the family of the deceased wrote a petition, alleging murder to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in the zone.
“The matter was reported at the Edo State Command where initially they were investigating a fatal motor accident, before the family of the late woman, Mrs Faith Amayo initiated a petition to the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police alleging a foul play.
“So the petition before AIG is from the family of the deceased where they suspected that the husband must have used the woman for ritual.
“So, that is the matter we are investigating presently”, he said, expressing confidence in the ability of the investigating team to unravel the circumstances of the woman’s death.