A female evangelist, Kwanye Tumba, has dragged Pastor Marwa Tumba of House Chapel in Karewa, Yola North LGA of Adamawa State, to the Criminal Area Court II for alleged refusal to marry her after squandering her money.
During the tral on Tuesday, Evangelist Kwanye told the court that the 28-year-old pastor had promised to marry her, but dumped her for another girl after squandering her hard-earned money
She told the court that she first met Pastor Marwa Tumba after a prayer meeting at Yolde Pate, a suburb of Yola South LGA in 2019, during which he told her that he saw a vision that she got a husband.
Tumba said the pastor immediately told her to start “sowing a seed” so she can key into the vision and she began by first giving Marwa the sum of N1,000.
She said that the man later visited her apartment which she built when she was working with a non-governmental organisation, adding that she welcomed him, cooked food for him and from there, they started their relationship with a promise that he would marry her as seen in the vision.
Evangelist Kwanye narrated that her pastor boyfriend later told her to resign from her job and sell her house before getting married, and that she agreed and tendered her resignation letter and sold the house for #500,000.
According to her, when the money of the house was paid to her, she immediately transferred the sum of #50,000 as tithe into the account of the pastor and used the remaining money to support the church from time to time until all the money got finished.
She told the court that it got to a point that he asked her to give him the list of all items as provided by tradition for their marriage, which she did.
The complainant told the court that the last thing he did was to ask her to go to her parents in Michika and wait for him, promising to join her later for a proper introduction and arrangement for marriage.
She added that she spent many days in the village without him coming to do introduction as he promised, saying when her parents discovered that it was a lie, they asked her to leave their house.
According to her, since then, the pastor was no longer picking her calls and when she got tired and became disappointed, she left Michika to Yola.
Evangelist Kwanye said when she arrived Yola, she received the shock of her life as her pastor boyfriend was nowhere to be found and she could not retrace his steps.
She lamented that he abandoned her after he took her money, made her quit her job, sold her only house, and became miserable, adding that she currently lives in one uncompleted building in Yolde Pate and sells vegetables to earn a living.
But when the complainant’s statement was read to the defendant upon his arraignment in court on Monday, the “man of God” denied the claims nd his counsel, M. A. Mohammed, pleaded with the court to grant bail to his client.
Honourable Nuhu Musa Garta-led court granted the request, and the case was subsequently adjourned till February 4, 2021, to enable the complainant to assemble her witnesses to prove her case.
It was gathered that Pastor Marwa was seen with another lady, who he had been engaged to at the court session on Tuesday, Punch reports.
This is coming one week after the police detained two Pentecostal pastors in connection with alleged infidelity leading to bearing of two children in Adamawa.