Pastor Ibukun Adeyinka, the head of the Christ Apostolic Church, Sanctuary of Blessing, in the Iju Ishaga area of Lagos State, was on Monday, stabbed to death by a gang of four who stormed the ministry to cause sorrow in the house of God.
According to a report by Punch Metro, the assailants did not leave with any property of the church as they immediately scaled the fence of the church and fled.
It was learnt that the 56-year-old was taken to a private hospital from where he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where he was pronounced dead.
While speaking to a correspondent, the cleric’s wife of 20 years, Mrs. Olasunbo Adeyinka, said the hoodlums struck around 3am on May 30, 2017, adding that they did not say anything throughout the period of the attack.
She said, “We were asleep when they entered the church. They came to our house and we didn’t know anything was happening until we heard a sound like something was falling. There was a power outage, so we couldn’t see clearly. My husband was the first to wake up. They broke into the house through the front door.
“They didn’t say anything to us even as we asked what they wanted from us. I just heard my husband shouting, ‘In Jesus name’. I also re-echoed it, saying ‘Amen, in Jesus name.’ I never knew they had stabbed him in the chest.
“They left by scaling the church’s fence. I saw that my husband had become weak. That was when I knew that they had stabbed him. There was a lot of blood in the room.”
She said together with some relatives and church members, Ibukun was rushed to a private hospital in the community, from where the Ile-Ife, Osun State indigene was referred to LASUTH, Ikeja, where he was confirmed dead.
Olasumbo said although she gathered that her husband died around 7am, she was not informed until around 2pm.
When asked if the men were robbers or assassins, the mother of three said she could not tell because the suspects did not say anything.
“They didn’t take anything. Up till now, I can’t say who they are and why they did what they did. He had a lot of ministerial assignments in June, which will now be on hold. It is painful,” she added.
However, a nurse, Amah Eze, who posted about the incident on Facebook, said the hoodlums were absconding after a robbery operation when they took the church as an escape route.
She said, “He was always ringing a bell at 12 midnight for prayers. So humble that whenever he greeted a small girl like me, he always bowed down. Only for absconding thieves to run into his church while he was praying as usual, and cut him with a machete. That’s how he met his death; but God knows best.”
Church members, who spoke with a correspondent, said the deceased was never involved in a fight or business deal with anyone that could have warranted the killing.
“Pastor was a peace-loving man. He always warned us against getting involved in business deals with people of questionable character. He would never fight anyone. Instead, if two people are in a disagreement and he had to mediate, he would prostrate for both parties and urge them to embrace peace for the sake of Christ,” a woman, who did not identify herself, said.