He beat me with cable wire used in church – Wife of Kwara pastor

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An Ilorin-based Christian cleric, Folayemi Richard, has been accused of beating his wife to a coma following a disagreement.

Richard, who is the General Overseer of Victor’s Church in the Ilorin, Kwara State metropolis, allegedly committed the act at the couple’s residence in Ita Olodan, Upper Gaa-Akanbi in Ilorin town, an online medium The Informant reported.

The medium quoted the victim, Odunola Richard, as disclosing that the incident occurred in January, three months into their marriage and while she was one month pregnant.

Odunola was quoted as saying that her husband did not stop torturing her even after she passed out.

The victim said that it was not Folayemi’s first time of beating her until she became unconscious.

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“Last year, September 26, we got married, and we’ve been living together as husband and wife. When our wedding was one month old, that was when a terrible crisis occurred. We had a disagreement. Suddenly, he ordered me to stand up and that he would take me to a hospital, where he would dump me.

“He started insulting my parents; I cautioned him. He slapped me and began to beat me. He got a cable wire which we use for speakers in the church and beat me.

“I started shouting for help. I became so weak. I dashed out of the house; he followed me and started dragging me on the ground, saying he did not want the marriage again.

“At this time, people had already gathered and were begging him. He locked me out and went to my parents. When he came back again, he ordered me to leave his home,” she was quoted to have said.

Odunola alleged that her effort to move her property out of the house proved abortive as Folayemi blocked it.

The victim disclosed that she had filed a report with the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) to seek redress.

The Informant reported that the pastor’s line were switched off when contacted for comments.

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