Chaos was the order of the day at the United Methodist Church, Mafoluku in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Sunday, as congregation pursued their pastor, Barkuma Andrew for allegedly impregnating his housemaid.
The Punch publication has it that the Pastor was suspended from the church seven months ago, following his sexual immorality with his house girl, Grace and also the series of abortions it led to.
It was learnt that the members had petitioned the Central Conference of the church in Taraba State to investigate the alleged atrocity. They, however, sought the service of another pastor three weeks ago when the district reportedly failed to probe Andrew.
Members had come to church around 10am for Sunday service only to see that Andrew and some “unknown” people had commenced the service.
The new pastor of the church, Reverend James Sunday, said:
“We were about to start our service this morning when we met the old pastor and some unknown people already holding the service. I calmed down my people to avoid chaos.”
The pastor’s secretary, Moses Sherima revealed that, the pastor had sent his wife to the village after impregnating Grace.
“My room is opposite pastor’s apartment and I was his secretary. When he started dating that girl (Grace), I called his wife’s cousin, Favour, on the matter. She said Grace used to tell her whenever the pastor had sex with her.
At a point, I had to move upstairs when I could no longer bear it. The day that abortion happened, I was sleeping inside my room when I heard Grace screaming. I rushed there and saw blood coming out from her private parts. When the wife came back from one of her numerous journeys, he told her to send Favour away,” Moses concluded.
Another church member, John Komboroh, said the church was embarrassed by Andrew’s conduct, adding that they were tired of his leadership, He said:
“The petition of adultery against the pastor had been sent to the bishop at the Central Conference. He came here, but did not do anything about it. That was why we wrote to the main body, the Southern Conference to give us another pastor. His (Andrew’s) action is an embarrassment to us. We don’t want him again.”
A female member, who identified herself only as Blessing, said the pastor had once made sexual advances to her.
“My husband is not always at home. The pastor would call me in the night and asked if I had slept. One day he entered my room and gave me a soft slap on my back. I had only the wrapper on me. I was surprised and told my neighbours.”
Meanwhile, Men from the Makinde Police Division, including the DPO, were said to have intervened after the incident was reported at the station.