NIGERIA police have arrested a 53-year-old man who claims to be a Pastor, has been arrested in Nsukka, Enugu State, for allegedly impregnating married women and young girls in his church.
The Pastor, identified as Timothy Ngwu, is the General Overseer of
Holy Trinity Ministry popularly called Vineyard Ministry in
Umudikwere Community in the University town. Ironically, police
sources said the suspect claims he was directed by the Holy Spirit
to sexually abuse female members of his church in the name of
How he was exposed
Crime Guard gathered that the alleged sexual exploits of the self-
acclaimed man of God was blown open by his estranged wife,
Veronica Ngwu, who hails from Udi Local Government Area in
The wife who has three children for the pastor was reportedly not
comfortable with the ugly development and she lodged a complaint
at the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit of the Criminal Investigations
Department, CID, Enugu.This led to the arrest of the pastor.
It was learnt that during interrogation, the estranged wife of the
pastor informed detectives that she escaped from the ministry
with one of her daughters after her husband impregnated her niece
and claimed he was obeying the directives of the Holy Spirit and a
She also informed detectives led by Gloria Udoka, a Deputy
Superintendent of Police, DSP, that the situation at the church was
better imagined than witnessed, alleging that her husband
converts married women and single girls to his own and
impregnates all of them while pretending to be obeying spiritual
The pastor reportedly claimed that he had sexual intercourse with
women in his ministry as a result of directives from the Holy Spirit
and with the consent of their husbands, if married, but for the
single ones, a spiritual directive.
Ngwu, until his arrest, was a Scrutiny Officer and Statistician with
the National Bureau of Statistics, one time assistant Catechist at
St. John’s Catholic Church, Ihe-Umudikwere, Nsukka where he
inducts married women and young girls seeking solution to their
problems or favour. He was chased out of the Catholic Church and
he started his own church.
The police in Enugu also alluded to the allegations when they
issued a statement through the Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebere
Amarizu, stating that two women among others in the enclave of
the Vineyard, left their husbands to reside with the General
According to the statement, the two women identified as Calista
Omeje and Assumpta Odo confirmed that they left their husbands
to live with the General Overseer on the prophetic injunction to do
the will of God.
The statement noted that Calista revealed that she had 10 children
for her husband but was later impregnated by the General
Overseer and that the baby died later. She also said that she gave
out her daughter to the General Overseer to be impregnated, an act
she described as “the fulfillment of the Will of God.”
The police spokesman noted in the statement that the pastor said
he had five wives with 13 children apart from other concubines he
had following the prophetic directive to do the will of God. The
Pastor, according to him, said that Veronica used to be his wife
but described her as ‘a falling wife.’
He also said, “ I do not do anything with any married woman until
the full consent and agreement were sought and reached between
the husband in line with the directives of the Holy Spirit to do the
will of God, which is an act of spirituality.”
Inside the Ministry
When Crime Guard traced the Vineyard Ministry, it was discovered
to be located right inside the compound of the father of the General
Overseer without any sign post, while about 15 women and four
men were seen taking lessons from an elderly woman who acts as
an instructor in the vineyard.
The entrance to the Vineyard was barricaded with heavy iron gate
which bares non-members.
However, a man who identified himself as Hilary told our reporter
after a heated argument that the General Overseer traveled,and
advised harshly that the reporter should go back.
As soon as Hilary left to invite others to compel the reporter to
leave the premises, the reporter peeped through an opening and
saw a large number of children and adult women scattered inside
the compound barricaded with iron gate.
When Crime Guard spoke with some residents of the area, they
intimated that every thing about the ministry was shrouded in
secrecy, alleging that children born inside the ministry are usually
confined within the compound and denied communication with any
other person outside. The children have are denied formal
education, except the doctrine of the ministry.
A brother to the pastor who pleaded anonymity told Crime Guard
that he was not surprised that police invaded the ministry,
explaining that all warnings by members of the family to compel
Timothy to desist from the act fell on deaf ears.
“Let me tell you, God’s anger has befallen my brother. We have
appealed to him several times to stop what he was doing but he
refused. He has colonized our compound, bearing children with
recklessness. He accused us of being jealous of him because he is
doing the Will of God,”he stated.
Nodding his head in disgust, he continued, “look at these buildings
here, he has converted all of them to himself in the name of
vineyard. I can’t say exactly what influenced his spirit to the
devilish act in the name of God.
He sacked his betrothed wife who has three children for him and
embarked on impregnating married women and young girls. Look
at the whole compound littered with children of different sexes and
ages. How can an educated man of his status reason like an
unrefined man? All members of the vineyard are fools.
How can a woman abandon her husband for another man in the
name of worshiping God and practice adultery? I cannot get myself
involved in this matter; Vero has opened the vessel of worms in
the vineyard. Let them sort themselves out with the police but I
want the ministry to be shut down completely,” he explained.
Investigations also revealed that the General Overseer was chased
out of the St. John’s Catholic Church, Ihe-Owerri, Nsukka as an
Assistant Catechist when Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Diocese, Rt.
Rev. Dr. Francis Okobo, discovered that he was teaching heresy.
He reportedly called him to order but he would not listen.