Pastor flogs church member to death

Pandemonium broke out weekend in Benin after a member of one of the new generation churches in the city, identified as Stella was allegedly flogged to death by her Pastor during a deliverance session.

Vanguard learnt that the incident which occurred around Ekiosa market, off Sakpoba Road at about 4:30am yesterday, threw the entire congregation into confusion as several efforts made to revive her after she collapsed yielded no result.

A member of the church, who craved anonymity, told Vanguard that the deceased woman, whose husband resided abroad, was a pioneer member of the church and mother of two children.

The source said the deceased was hale and healthy when she arrived for the deliverance night.

It was said that the deceased was tortured as her hair was shaved while marks of cane were visible all over her body. The source said however that ” as it seems, the bereaved family has resigned to fate because one of the Pastors who was arrested by the police over the incident was released on bail.”

When Vanguard visited the Church yesterday, the building was under lock and key. When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi confirmed the incident but however disclosed that his men at the Esigie Police Station were yet to brief him fully on the issue.


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Simon Ebegbulem, Vanguard, May 19, 2008,

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