The arrest and subsequent prosecution of one pastor Timothy Ngwu for alleged sexual harassment and indiscriminately impregnating both married and single women in his church, has again raised the issue of clerics whose stock-in-trade is to have carnal knowledge of female members of their church.
Timothy Ngwu, said to be a self-proclaimed pastor, who also doubles as the Leader and General Overseer of Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity, Ihe-Owerre, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, is currently remanded in Enugu Prison for impregnating over 20 female members of his church.
The bubble burst when Mrs. Veronica Ngwu, wife of the pastor, could no longer bear the randy lifestyle of her husband and blew the whistle.
At the time of filing this report, Ngwu has put over 20 female members of his church in the family way, insisting that he was “obeying God’s injunctions”.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest and eventual arraignment of the cleric. “The pastor claims to be obeying prophetic and spiritual injunction to do the will of God, which is to impregnate any one chosen and revealed by the Holy Spirit, irrespective of whether the woman is married or not,” he said.
Besides getting the female members pregnant, Ngwu also harbours mother and child inside his church immediately the pregnant woman gives birth. “When the woman is delivered of the baby, the child remains in the ministry with the mother for life,” Weekly Trust was told.
It was further disclosed that while acting under the same alleged will of God, Ngwu got his wife’s niece pregnant. Also, some of the members’ wives are now living with him after he impregnated them, Weekly Trust was told.
But Ngwu said he has about five wives with thirteen children, besides other concubines, who came as a result of the “prophetic will of God”. He claimed that he does not do anything with any married woman until full consent and agreement is reached between him and the husband in “accordance with the directives of the Holy Spirit”.
Two of the women, who had left their husband and are currently living with the General Overseer, Calista Omeje, and Assumpta Odo admitted that they left their husband and went to Ngwu based on a “prophetic injunction”.
The stories of the impregnated church members were as varied as they were bizarre: Calista, in particular, said that she is married with 10 children, but later got impregnated by Ngwu, although the baby later died. Mrs. Omeje said that she also gave her daughter out to the General Overseer to impregnate “in fulfilment of God’s prophecy”. Assumpta Odo admitted that she is also married with eight children, but the pastor impregnated her, as well as her daughter.
Amaraizu added that Vineyard Ministry of the Holy Trinity, located at Umudikwere, Ihe-Owere Nsukka in Enugu State was not known until DSP Gloria Udoka and her operatives from the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit of the state Criminal and Investigation Department, stormed the place based on the complaint they received from Mrs. Ngwu.” He said the complaint had to do with sexual abuse of people in the ministry, which has brought about indiscriminate pregnancy among married and single women there.
“According to Veronica, her husband used to be a well-known catechist in Nsukka Catholic Diocese,” said the PPRO.