A popular pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministires, Dr. Chris Okafor, has allegedly beaten his estranged wife, Bessem Okafor, in broad daylight at their home in Magodo, Lagos.
According to Bessem, who left her home in 2012, the incident happened when she went to visit her four children who were in the custody of their father in Magodo few weeks ago.
It was gathered that the visit was put together by a lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, and Mr Okafor’s lawyer, Mr. Onyechukwu Ubani.
Explaining what transpired on that fateful day, Bessem said: “I have not seen my children for nine months and our lawyers agreed that I could come see them at home after school hours by 5pm on that day. I went to the house at the appointed time, but my children were not there.
* Bessem Okafor claims her pastor husband assaulted her
“I had to wait outside in the compound until 10pm before my husband arrived; the children were not with him. They were later brought home by the driver about 12am. By then it was clear I couldn’t leave again, I had to spend the night.
“The following morning, I bathed and dressed them for school. They pleaded with me to stay back until they returned and since I hardly spent time with them the day before, I agreed.
“Few hours after the children had left for school, Chris called me on the phone and questioned my presence in the house and ordered me to leave.
“When I insisted on staying till my children returned from school, he threatened to make sure I get out of the house.
“Not quite long, a policeman came and asked me to leave the house. At that time, I was wearing only my dress. I had washed my undies and spread them to dry since I didn’t come with extra.
“I told the policeman that I would leave after my children returned from school. Later, Chris came in and on seeing me, he started beating me and dragged me out of the house.”
It was gathered that after making a complaint of assault at the Isheri Police Division, Bessem was hospitalised at the Solid Rock Hospital, in the Ojodu/Berger area.
A copy of her medical report signed by one Dr. Ametepee T. M and made available to PUNCH read that: “Examination revealed a middle aged woman in distress with multiple bruises, BP 140/80mmhg and pulse rate 104bpm. There was inflammation around the left knee and tenderness along the spine. She was subsequently admitted, placed on intravenous fluids and managed as case of multiple trauma secondary to domestic violence.”
Mr Okafor did not respond to calls and a text message sent to his phone, but when his lawyer was contacted, he said: “Bessem has made all sorts of allegations against her husband, but what she has failed to tell you is that she left her marriage of her own volition. She ended her marriage with her infidelity. She would leave her house, come back at late hours and would not tell her husband where she has been.The couple are already in court for divorce.
“This particular incident you are asking about, it was Bessem who tore her own clothes. Chris never laid a hand on her. Why did she not get a medical report from a government hospital?”