Woman found dead in Akure church premises, pastor arrested


Mrs. Funke Ojo, a member of a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Akure, Ondo State capital was on Sunday found dead inside a well at the Church’s premises.

The deceased it was gathered left her mother’s house for the church programme on Saturday night.

But members of the Church said she did not attend the said program, adding that no one knew she had jumped inside the well.

Residents of Ayedun area in Akure described the incident as a mystery, as they wondered what could have led the woman to take her own life.

According to a source in the area, the deceased did not have any trace of mental illness.

“On Saturday night, she complained to her mother that she was having a slight malaria fever. So she later told her mother that she wanted to go to the church. The mother was even asking her to rest since she had malaria but she insisted going to the church.

“Nobody knew how she got into the well, it was someone who wanted to fetch water in the well this morning (Sunday) that saw her lifeless body inside the well and raised the alarm to call the attention of the residents of the area,” the source told newsmen.

It was gathered that some youths in the area evacuated the corpse from the well and took away her for burial.

Following the incident, the pastor of the church, Segun Oriade was said to have been arrested by police for interrogation.

Mr. Femi Joseph, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident but said the command was yet to know why and how the incident happened.

He confirmed the arrest of the pastor of the church, saying “he will be helping us in our investigation.

“It happened early this morning (Sunday), the deceased was sick and her mother took her to the church for prayer and later she (the deceased) went home and came back to the church late in the evening on Saturday.

“But they found her lifeless body inside the well on Sunday morning. Nobody can say anything about it for now but we have commenced investigation into the matter,” he said.

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