10th March, 2011
The entire members of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winnersâ€™ Chapel Owerri and the Ibekwe family of Umuokoro Lude Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government of Imo State have been thrown into deep sorrow and mourningÂ following the gruesome murder of Pastor Chibuzor Ibekwe by unidentified assassins.
PMNEWS gathered today that he was killed on Sunday 6 March 2011 at about 8:45am.
Narrating the incident, the elder brother of the deceased, Mr. Chijioke Ibekwe said that his younger brother invited him last Saturday evening to come home and worship with him at his new parish in Mbaise which he promised him that he would attend, pointing out he became uncomfortable when he got to the church on Sunday morning around 8:25am only for his brother to be absent in the service.
Mr. Ibekwe who resides in Owerri Municipal said that he became so worried about his brother’s absence that he had to stay till the end of the service.
According to him, â€œafter the service, I rushed home only to see a crowd in our compound. I thought that one of our age mothers had died but I was shocked to see my own younger brother,
Pastor Chibuzor Ibekwe soaked in his own blood in our parlour. The assassins tied his hands and strangled.”
Mr. Ibekwe who has to stop speaking to fight back tears maintained that: â€œmy younger brother was never involved in politics and he hardly offended people, everybody in our community loved him because of his uprightness and kindness.
“I immediately alerted the police at Ahiazu-Mbaise. Iâ€™m yet to know or discover the rationale behind the painful murder of my younger brother. What is the sin ofÂ Pastor Ibekwe that made them to kill him like a goat? the people that killed him also broke into his rooms and removed all his C of O and other valuable documents including a laptopâ€.
Pastor Ibekwe who owns a big fish pond in his community until his death was the Pastor in-charge of Winners Chapel Emekuku before he was transferred to Pastor Ahiazu Mbaise Parish.
As of the time of going to press, the remains of Pastor Chibuzor Ibekwe has been deposited at Holy Rosary Hospital Morgue Ogbor, Nguru Aboh Mbaise by the Ahiazu Mbaise Police Division as Police Officers from D2 State police force headquarters are investigating the case.
By Desmond Utomwen