Odion Omoarebokhae, husband of late Yvonne Omoarebokhae, the gospel singer, who was found dead in a hotel room at GRA Benin, has denied media report that his late wife died of heart attack.
Rather, he alleged that the CCTV footage of the hotel Apostle Psalm Okpe of Fresh Oil Ministry in Egbede, Lagos, and his late wife lodged revealed that they slept in the hotel together, adding that Apostle Okpe killed her.
The bereaved husband stated this on Monday in Benin, the Edo State capital, at a press conference where he denied early report that autopsy report had been released and his wife died of heart attack.
He also faulted claim by Apostle Okpe that his late wife went home after the church programme at Sapele, Delta State.
His word: “My wife is a singer. She goes out to minister and comes back. She went to minister in a church programme at Sapele, and at 9pm I was called to come to
Airport Road Police Station that she has issues with some persons.
“The police kept me waiting and until I threatened them. I later discovered that Pastor Psalm Okpe, who invited her for the programme has killed my wife. Luckily, she has sent pictures of the programme to everybody.
“After the programme, she came to Benin and how the Pastor managed to manipulate her to that place is what I don’t understand. I have seen the CCTV footage. Initially the Pastor said my wife went her way after the programme but we saw in the CCTV that contrary to what he wrote, she actually slept in the hotel. From the CCTV, immediately they entered, my wife was following him like a dog, like somebody without senses.
“The next morning, Apostle Psalm came out of the room. He stood by the door like somebody thinking of what to do before going out with a taxi. He spent five hours outside. By the time he came back, he went to the reception to demand for his key hoping that my wife had left to go and die in her house. They told him that the key was not with them and that his key was with him. They called the porter who brought a spare key and forced the door open.
“Immediately the porter opened the door, he left and the Apostle entered. He spent another one hour 18 minutes with the lifeless body. He went out again and the porter and other hotel staff were waiting for him. They asked him what was the matter that the guest inside could not open the door after knocking severally. He said his co-minister is unconscious. They asked him to wait and they called the Police.
“The police told they met my wife fully dressed like somebody about to go out. They took her photographs like somebody taking a nap.
“I have seen my wife’s body. There is no physical mark on her. From what I observed, she was given an overdose of substances that her system could not take.
“People have been calling me telling me to try and bury my wife. I told them that I did not sell her and I will not collect any money.
“The doctor told me that they have sent the specimen to Lagos for the result and I am now reading about reports claiming that she died of cardiac arrest.
“I want the law to follow the issue closely. I never knew Apostle Okpe. My wife usually post morning devotional things on Facebook and from there he contacted my wife. She goes out to minister normally. She was supposed to return that day. I was expecting her to come back that day.
“After the autopsy, the police called and told me to go and bury my wife but I refused. I told them I was not ready to dialogue. The police did the autopsy. I did not hire any private doctor. I am here because the only way I can fight a man that powerful is the media.”
It will be recalled that in 2012, the Agatu-born Benue State Apostle Okpe anointed veteran Nollywood actress Eucharia Anunobi as a minister in his church, Fresh Oil Ministry International, Egbeda, Lagos(pictured).