The Abia State Police Command has verified the passing of Happiness Echieze, a female evangelist, at a guest house located in Aba.
As per a declaration from ASP Maureen Chioma Chinaka, the State Police Public Relations Officer, the authorities have taken Pastor Timothy Otu into custody in relation to the demise of the 43-year-old woman. The statement suggests that the incident is being treated as a potential murder case.
Otu of the Agape Evangelical Ministry located at the Obikabia Junction, who resides at Jubilee Guest House in Ovom village, Obingwa LGA reported to the Isialangwa Police Division that an incident had occurred.
The statement revealed that the clergyman is helping the police in the investigation to unravel the cause of the lady’s death in his hotel room.
Chinaka said the pastor and the lady lodged in a hotel in Ovom village on August 12, 2023, around 9.23pm. She said the lady’s naked lifeless body was later discovered in the room around midnight without a trace of the pastor.
According to the police statement, “It was revealed that on the evening of August 12, 2023, around 09:25 PM, a clergyman named Timothy Otu (male), associated with Agape Evangelical Ministry at Obikabia Junction in Obingwa LGA, had checked into the guest house along with a woman named Happiness Echieze (female) from Isialangwa LGA, Abia State. Happiness Echieze was 43 years of age.
“Further details provided by Mr. Akpan indicated that on the same date, around 12:00 am he entered the hotel room of the aforementioned clergyman and discovered the lifeless body of Happiness Echieze. She was found unclothed, and a white substance was emanating from her mouth and nose. Regrettably, the clergyman was absent from the scene”, the Abia Police said.
The statement informed the public that immediate preliminary investigations have been launched into the matter, adding that the deceased’s body has been transported from the location and is currently at the SDA Mortuary in Aba, awaiting an autopsy examination.
The police statement explained that the bishop has been nabbed while the matter had been transfered to the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID for discreet investigations even as it termed the incident a suspected murder case.
But before the police reports, several online media houses in Abia State had claimed that the late Evangelist Happiness Echieze died in the guest house during a s+xual intercourse with Pastor Timothy Otu, who was allegedly believed to be his lover even before the burble burst.
The stories also had it that the dead Evangelist had five children while her husband was allegedly based in Bayelsa State.