Police parade pastor allegedly found with human heart

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police on patrol

The Police Command in Cross River on Tuesday paraded a pastor, Tony Obo-Ekpeyong, for allegedly being in possession of the heart of an 18-month-old baby girl whom he killed.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Mr. Obo-Ekpeyong is the pastor of Royal God’s Commandment Ministry, Calabar.

Parading the suspect, the spokesperson of the command, Irene Ugbo, said that the suspect was arrested alongside six others on Aug. 24 by men of the command.

Ms. Ugbo said that they were arrested when the parents of the deceased raised an alarm that their child had been abducted by some masked men who stormed their house.

She said some operatives were immediately deployed to search the church and it environ, and that they found some incriminating items and arrested the pastor and six others.

“On August 24, we received a distress call that one pastor in a church in Calabar South had killed a baby girl, aged one year and six months.

“When we got there, the heart of the child was still shaking. The suspect lied that the heart was that of a fowl.

“We have sent the heart to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for proper analysis.

“We actually heard some rumours that the police have collected money to release the suspects.

“We have called the press here today for the world to know that the suspects are still in our custody and investigation is ongoing.

“The police cannot release murder, kidnap or other categories of suspects without due process. We are going to charge the suspects to court immediately,’’ she said.

The suspect, however, denied the allegation, saying, “I was praying for one of our members who was sick when the police came and arrested me.

“The heart they saw was that of a fowl. We don’t operate any spiritual shrine in the church.

“The thick blood that was seen on the altar was that of a goat and a fowl that we killed to celebrate with our members after our three-day fasting programme.’’

Faith Inyang, the 20-year-old mother of the baby, corroborated what the police said.

Ms. Inyang added: “I recognised one of the men because of his stature; he lives around our area and he normally passes through our house.

“Up till now, I have not seen the body of my daughter apart from the heart that was found there.”



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  • … please save Nigerians from evil Nigerians

  • Olusola

    Lord have mercy! How did we get here? We protested loud when they started preaching money in the name of prosperity but they wouldn’t listen.

  • Shahokaya

    Nigerian pastors and human parts hmmm. From burying human head to lungs and now human heart all in effort to gather more worshippers and make more money for the men of “God”.

  • Alex

    Until we band these religious that are foreign to we Africans we cant have peace and development in our land.

  • Otile

    Since Buhari came to power evil practices of this nature have doubled. Is the present hardship pushing people to this extreme or what? God send Nigeria a good leader.

    • A.A.Ngalos

      I don’t know when you will write a balanced comment without including Buhari in all your comments, you always blame Islam and Muslims, but for the balance comment, please blame the Pastor alone on this.

      • Julius

        Thank you, glad you see him for what and who he is.

      • Otile

        Don’t you see that the devil has taken the hindmost since Imam Buhari took power?

    • Julius

      I’m sure you do know people doing stuff like this. God will expose evil. It’s always Buhari fault. I’m surprised you did not include the Yorubas. You are a worthless maggot and the Lord will give you what you deserve.

  • emmanuel

    This is about criminality on the increase and not religion
    Most Nigeria males who have lost their jobs, businesses and means of livelihood now engage in the following trades – general hustling, Uber cabbing, yahoo, local scams, online fraud, kidnapping, opening churches as a revenue earner (both Idol worshippers and some muslims inclusive now open churches), armed robbery, sales of children, joining occultic groups, full-time betting and baba Ijebu, begging etc.
    What a bag full of survival strategies; with some legal and other pure vices and criminality. Who shall deliver this land from the rampaging evils.
    The hardship in the land has led many astray. These days, some men openly say instead of dieing from hardship, they would rather joining occultic groups.

    • emmanuel