The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has given a directive to begin an investigation into the killing of Thompson Onyekwuru, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the state.
According to reports, the 62-year-old pastor was allegedly stabbed to death on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, by a man identified as Obumneke Omyemechileuzo who hails from Umukoto- Umudibia Nekede in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was reported that Obumneke allegedly stabbed the pastor when he went to separate a fight between him (suspect) and his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo.
The statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, confirmed that while the suspect (Obumneke Omyemechileuzo) died as a result of sustained injuries from the police gunshot, his wife (Ogechi Onyemechileuzo) also sustained injuries.
The statement read, “We received a distress call on July 14, around 2 pm at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, that one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo, 36, suspected to be of unsound mind and armed with a kitchen knife, was violently beating his wife, Ogechi Onyemechileuzo, 26, over a minor domestic issue. When a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Owerri, lmo State, Pastor Thompson Onyekwuru, 62, intervened by stopping him from stabbing his wife, the suspect rushed at him, stabbed him in his back and he fell unconscious”.
Upon arriving at the scene, the police team saw the suspect seriously beating his wife and threatening to stab her. On sighting the police, he attempted stabbing one of the officers in the neck and he was shot in the leg in self-defence. He fell and was immediately disarmed.
“The victims and the suspect were rushed to Rosana Hospital Nekede, where the doctor on call referred them to the Human Race Hospital, Nekede Road, Owerri, due to the gravity of the injuries they sustained. The pastor and the suspect were confirmed dead. The woman was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital and she is responding to treatment.” The statement read.