Founder of Life Transformation Praying Ministry, in Akwakuma, Owerri, Rev Dr Success Emeka has been forced to marry the corpse of his 32-year-old fiancée, Chioma Okoye, after she died when he allegedly aborted her pregnancy without her consent to save his reputation.
A Facebook user, Anita Nenyenwa Uzoije, who shared the story on her page, said Pastor Emeka and Chioma have been dating for over five years, adding that they got engaged in 2020 and started planning their wedding.
It was gathered that Chioma became pregnant while wedding plans were underway but the pastor rejected the unborn baby because his church frowns upon pregnancy before marriage and it would damage his reputation.
Anita alleged that Pastor Emeka drugged Chioma’s drink and she became unconscious before taking her to a hospital where he persuaded the doctor to terminate the pregnancy which eventually led to her death after vomiting blood.
“Chioma and Pastor Emeka started dating 5 years ago, sometime last year they agreed to marry, they began their wedding plans, infact somethings for the wedding have been bought, along the line Chioma discovered she was pregnant and told her Fiance who has a church somewhere in Akwakuma (life transformation ministry),” Anita wrote.
“This news didn’t go down well with him due owing to the fact that he’s a pastor and a theology teacher, probably he has asked her to abort it and she declined, sometime in February, 24th precisely, he called Chioma to come over so they can conclude with the planning, on getting there he served Chioma a drink laced with a substance and Chioma became unconscious, he took her to a hospital. (I will try to verify the name from my her sister).
“The doctor told him that he can’t conduct an abortion on her but Pastor Emeka insisted, in the process of doing the abortion she began to vomit blood from her mouth, she was still unconscious, when the doctor noticed her case was getting worse he advised him to take her to FMC.
“He took her to FMC and registered her with another name all together and began to call her family that she was ill, it was immediately her sister stepped in that Chioma died.
An autopsy conducted on the deceased by her family showed the pastor tried to perform the abortion while she was drugged and unconscious before eventually taking her to the hospital after his technique failed.
The family of the deceased were said to have forced Pastor Emeka to marry Chioma before her burial on Tuesday, August 31 in Umuahia, Abia.
“Her family decided to conduct an Autopsy and discovered her drink was laced and there was attempted abortion on her. He was called and queried. That was when he accepted he had a hand in her death and that he laced her drink with a substance that will make her unconscious.
“Her family didn’t want trouble (she’s actually from a very strong Christian home, her brother’s are pastors and her mum is a devoted Christian) he was arrested but released on the grounds that he will marry her corpse. He did the necessary rite and she was buried in umuahia but not he’s father’s compound but a cemetery, probably he’s trying to cover he’s sin.
The last name of Chioma on her obituary poster was changed to include the pastor’s name ‘Sunday’ as a sign that he had married her after completing the necessary rite.
Despite his crime, Anita lamented that “churches still call this man to come and preach and give ministration, he is still a theology teacher at bethel seminary, this man is walking freely like nothing happened but we won’t keep quiet.”
A statement released on behalf of the deceased’s family reads: Mrs.Sunday Chioma Success Was Born in The Year 1988 To The Family Of Late Mr.Joseph And Mrs.B.N Okoye Of Amanato Ihitte-Owerre in Orlu L.G.A.She Went To Ikenegbu Layout Primary School, Girls Secondary School Akwakuma And University Of Nigeria Nsukka.
Till Her Death She Has Been The Manager Of Avant Global Bizness Center World Bank Ow. She Met The Husband Rev.Success Emeka Sunday in a Program And They Agreed To Be Husband And Wife Declaring That God Had Shown Her (Rev.Success.E.Sunday) Whom To Spend The Rest Of Her Life With
“After Declaring His Interest To The Deseased Family, They Started Planning And Preparing For Their Wedding Starting From Going To Market Survey And Putting Every All Other Things in Place But When He Learnt That She Was With a Child, He Cunningly Rejected The Pregnancy Saying That The Church Will Frown At It And Also His Image Needed To Be Protected Being a Man Of God And a Founder Of His Church Life Transformation Prayer Ministry.
“Being in Unconscious State She Was Dragged To The Hospital By The Said Husband But The Information Gathered By The Doctor is That The Husband Had Tried To Remove The Pregnancy On His Own But Couldn’t Before Bringing Her To The Hospital But Rejected The Advice Of The Doctor That it Could Be Risky.
“He Asked The Doctor To Go Ahead Because Of His Image Dear People Of God To Cut The Whole Story Short Things Were Damaged After Done And It Had Being a Case All These While, She Passed On The 24th February 2021 But Being a Christian Home/Family The Rev Pastor Success Emeka Sunday Pleased For Peace Which Was Granted, What More Can i Say. Let God Be The Judge in All These, It’s Well.
Adieu Nwa Nke Nta, Adieu Taata, Adieu Chi
Wilfred Okoye (For The Family).
Watch the video of Chioma’s burial below:
KanyiDaily had also published a video showing how a 14-year-old boy was forced by relatives to marry a girl who is a year older after he impregnated her.