The founder of Victor’s Church in Ilorin, Kwara State, Pastor Folayemi Richard has reportedly beaten his pregnant wife to coma over a disagreement between them, Sahara Reporters has reported.
It was gathered that Pastor Folayemi committed the skirmish in their residence located at Ita Olodan, Upper Gaa-Akanbi in Ilorin.
The wife who was identified as Odunola disclosed while speaking with an online medium, The Informant, that the incident occurred in January 2021 when their wedding was just three months old and her pregnancy was a month old.
The woman whimpered that her husband kept beating, brutalising her with a cable wire, even when she had already collapsed. She added that he did not stop even when a neighbour who is an older woman, came to plead on her behalf but was overpowered and pushed away.
Speaking further, Odunola said she has never experienced happiness in her marriage since September 2020, when they got married, adding that the pastor had once beaten her till she became unconscious.
In her words:
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 disagreed. 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 narrated.
According to eyewitnesses, Victoria and Oluwaseun, “the pastor truly dragged his wife out, beating her without considering the pregnancy.”
Sahara Reporters also gathered that as of the time of this report, the pastor’s mobile lines could not be reached as they were switched off.
Odunola has filed complaints to the National Human Right Commission to seek justice over the matter.
She also alleged that her husband had denied her access to move her belongings which includes her certificate and others, from the house.
She, however, called on the state Ministry of Women Affairs to come to her aid as she could no longer cope with the pains and assault she’s experiencing in the pastor’s house.