9th August, 2011
For daring to raise his hand during an altar call by the officiating priest that whoever has any reason why the bride and the bridegroom should not be joined together should say so or forever keep his mouth shut, a jilted medical doctor working at the paediatric section of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH Idi Araba, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria was beaten to a pulp.
Dr. Adeyemi Oladele, whose former lover, Chritiana Essiet was being wedded to a pastor was attacked by ushers and members of the congregation after complaining to them that his fiancee of seven years was forced to the altar by the bridegroom, Pastor Ubong Abasi Okono who is also the General Overseer of Faith and Fire Prayer Ministry, located at 3, Oremeji Street, Ketu, Ijanikin, Lagos.
P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that the medical doctor and the bride, Christiana Essiet had dated for seven years and the bride had slept with the doctor in his house three days before the marriage last weekend (6 August).
Doctor Oladele also confirmed to P.M.NEWS that he sponsored the brideâ€™s university education at the University of Uyo where she read Business Management and had been responsible for the upkeep of her family before her sudden change of heart which he claimed was influenced by her mother who did not want her to marry a Yoruba man. Doctor Oladele is from Ondo State.
â€œ I know he didnâ€™t like the pastor she was forced to marry because three days before the marriage she had been sleeping with me in my house at Iyana Iba. Before her father died early this year, her parents had sanctioned our marriage and we were planning to get married later this year. Trouble started when her father died around January. Unknown to me, Christianaâ€™s mother had all along opposed our relationship and it was her father that always prevailed on her to allow the relationship since we both love each other.
â€œImmediately the man died, she came out in her true colours and tried to force Christiana to abandon me but she resisted. It got to a stage that she packed to my house and started living with me. She even got pregnant for me but the pregnancy came down,â€ he narrated.
So on 6 August, 2011, when he heard that a wedding was going on in the pastorâ€™s church, Dr. Oladele stormed the church and disrupted it. And he was beaten by the congregation who also handed him over to the police at the Ijanikin Divisional Headquarters.
â€œWhen the police heard my own side of the story, they granted me bail and invited all the parties to the station for settlement,â€ he added.
P.M.NEWS was at the Ijanikin Police Station yesterday where the pastor and his new wife, the doctor and members of his family were present.
In his explanation to the Divisional Police Officer mediating in the dispute, Pastor Okono said: â€œI proposed to her and she accepted it and her mother supported it. I am surprised that she slept with this ex-boyfriend three days to my wedding.â€
Dr. Oladele told the officer that he felt let down. â€œCan you imagine how I was let down by my fiancee who I sponsored to the University of Uyo? We dated for seven years. We met each other in the same neighbourhood. She lived at 7A, Alhaja Hassana Street, Orile Iganmu. She is from Akwa-Ibom State. And she was five months pregnant for me and from Wednesday to Friday before the wedding we had sex and she demonstrated how much she loved me. She also cooked their native soup for me and the soup is kept in the fridge,â€ he told the police.
Throughout the proceedings, the lady at the centre of the scandal, Christiana, could not deny what the doctor said.
She told the police: â€œI was under pressure from my mom and the pastor. It is true I was five months pregnant for the doctor but my mother ordered me to the village and I was given some herbs to take and I had miscarriage.â€
The police warned the parties to keep the peace after the doctor said he had forgiven her.