By Olisemeka Obeche & Joe Akwarandu
Pastor Prosper Peter Akachukwu, has confessed that he murdered a fellow cleric, late Pastor Kelechukwu Iwuanyanwu of the Apostle Blessed of Wind of Glory Ministry, located at Ohokobe village in Umuahia, Abia state and two of his church members for dumping him soon after his ministry made breakthrough.
Akachukwu, who is the prime suspect in the murder case of Pastor Iwuanyanwu, his assistant pastor and the woman leader, Ruth Andrew Eze, told reporters last Tuesday at the premises of Abia state police command in Umuahia that he sent his late bossom friend to his early grave for turning his back on him when he became a prosperous clergyman.
Giving details of their relationship from childhood, the suspect, who hails Mbaise, a nearby community, from the deceased’s Mbano, all in Imo state, spoke of how they both struck good friendship from their secondary school days from the same school and started ministering together as gospel preachers.
However, he claimed Iwuanyanwu, later double-crossed him, after helping him to grow the church through the use of charms and mediums, hence, he had to take the drastic action.
“Iwuanyanwu was my childhood friend and we were also co-pastors. When he was having challenges in growing his church I took him to a native a doctor in Ondo state to get charms to attract members to his church and also perform miracles for them. I also gave him N100,000 to support him during the trip.
“We started the process in 2013 and we have been going to the shrine to renew the charm every year since then. But when the charm started working and Iwuanyanwu started making money he forgot me.
“Whenever I call him for financial assistance he would tell me not to disturb him, which was why I decided to attack and collect some of his personal belongings. I hired three boys from Aba to attack the pastor. We trailed him to his house when he was going home and laid an ambush around his house waiting to attack him at midnight.
“I was outside when the boys started the operation. They invited me when they were through with the operation and I entered and found out that they had killed Iwuanyanwu and the two other people in the house. I ordered them to kill him because one of them recognised me.’’
Orient Weekend learnt that a combined team of operatives from the Abia state police command and the Zone 9 police headquarters in Umuahia arrested Pastor Akachukwu for the alleged crime. The police operatives, led by the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Patrick Edung, had on Saturday, October 20, 2018 uncovered the decomposing bodies of Iwuanyanwu, his assistant, Ikeagwu Kalu and the women leader of his church, Ruth Andrews. According to Abia state commissioner of police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, one Sweeney Andrew reported the sudden disappearance of her mother, Ruth, at the Zone 9 headquarters on October 16, 2018. The complainant alleged that Iwuanyanwu came to their residence at Ehimiri Housing Estate, Umuahia on October 12, 2018 and shortly left with Ruth in his SUV car for an unknown place.
The complainant added that when her mother did not come back as expected, she called her two mobile numbers but they were unreachable. She added that she was, however, called and told that her mother was murdered with Iwuanyanwu and his assistant pastor, hence the police in the zone commenced investigation into the matter.
Ogbizi said the combined team of police operatives from the zone and the state command, acting on a tip off, traced the late Iwuanyanwu’s car to the Ohia Mechanic Village, Umuahia where the suspect took it to for repairs and arrested one Chibuike Peter, who was working on the vehicle.
The CP added that, while Peter was in custody at the Umuokpara police station, Akachukwu traced him there to secure his release on bail and complete the repair of the stolen car and he was consequently arrested by the police.
The police boss added that other accomplices, Ikechukwu Nnadi and Fidelis Akubuokwu, were also arrested in connection with the case. Other items recovered from the suspects, according to Ogbizi, were three gold-plated wrist watches, seven ATM cards of different banks, three plasma television sets, shoes and different kinds of cloths.