One Prophet Wale from the Apapa area of Lagos State has reportedly killed himself in a Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ona Iwa Mimo, on Otunba Bamidele Street, in the Ikotun area of same state.
Wale was said to have killed himself out of anger after he approached a prophetess and the owner of the church and offered to be part of her ministry, an offer which she turned down.
He reportedly grabbed a bottle, broke it and stabbed himself in the neck.
The matter was reported at the Ikotun Police Division on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
Some of the residents, who spoke with Punch on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.
They said the victim’s death caused commotion on the street, adding that policemen from Igando, Ikotun and Idimu divisions trooped to the street in three vans.
A witness said, “It was around 5pm. I was passing by and I saw a crowd of people on the church premises. Policemen and three police vans from Ikotun, Idimu and Igando police divisions were there.
“The police took the corpse and arrested the owner of the church. I cannot tell what led to the death because I don’t live with them. I don’t know the man. He is a stranger in this community.
“The owner of the church is claiming that she has never met the man before.
“She said the man just came to her and said he was a pastor from Bayelsa State and he was living in Apapa, but would like to be part of her ministry.
“She claimed that when she asked for his address, and relatives, he did not answer her.
“When the woman refused to allow him, he brought out a bottle, broke it and stabbed himself to death.
“He had a deep gash in his neck. But the woman’s testimony is still under investigation and she is currently in detention,” he added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Joe Offor, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The man’s name is Wale and he’s a prophet in the Cherubim and Seraphim Church. The incident happened on Wednesday, 23 September, 2015. Nobody knows what made him kill himself, but all those present when he committed the act have been arrested and they are helping the police with investigations. He did it in the presence of the General Overseer of the church.”