The husband of late Yvonne Omoarebokhae, the female gospel singer, who died in a hotel in Benin, Edo State, Mr. Odion Omoarebokhae, has accused Apostle Psalm Okpe Of Fresh Oil Ministry in Lagos, of being responsible for the death of his wife whom he (the pastor) invited for a programme in Warri.
Odion Omoarebokhae, a transporter dismissed the conjecture that his wife died of mid-night cardiac arrest, insisting that she could have been given an overdose of an unknown substance in the hotel room and left to die.
The deceased who was discovered dead on the 8th of April, reportedly died in a private hotel located in the Government Reserved Area, owned by a former lawmaker in the Edo State House of Assembly.
Late Yvonne Omoarebokhae reportedly received an invitation from Apostle Psalm Okpe, who she was said to have met on Facebook, to perform at a church programme in Warri, Asaba and Benin. Unfortunately, few hours after the performance, the singer died at the hotel where she was lodged by the pastor.
The aggrieved husband of the deceased, who spoke to Punch correspondents yesterday said that he did not know the pastor. He said:
“At about 9pm, I was called to come to the Airport road police station. Initially, I thought she had an issue with the taxi she took on her way back.
“But later that night, the police, after tossing me here and there, told me that she was dead. It was later that I discovered that the pastor that invited her to cover the programme, Psalm Okpe, had killed my wife.”
Mr. Odion Omoarebokhae also alleged that the CCTV footage gotten from the hotel showed that both the pastor and the deceased lodged in the same room and also revealed the questionable movements of the pastor, which as he said, indicated his involvement in the death of late Yvonne Omoarebokhae.
“I have watched the CCTV footage. Initially, the pastor said that they came back together and she went her way and he went his own way. But we have been to that place (hotel) and watched the CCTV footage and discovered that, contrary to what he (pastor) wrote, she (deceased) actually slept there.
“Immediately they entered, she was just following like a dumb (and) went up upstairs. The police told me that they met my wife dressed like somebody ready to go out. The police snapped her (took her photograph) like somebody taking a nap.
“I have seen my wife’s body; there is no mark on her. From what I observed, I think she was given an overdose of a substance I do not know. Probably, her system could not take it.
“She communicated with me that day she died, at about 10 am, that they have finished performing; she could not return the day before; that she is already in Benin (and) in the next one hour, she will be in the house.”
The husband of late Yvonne Omoarebokhae who further claimed that he received calls from some persons to withdraw the matter, pleaded with the Nigeria Police Force to do a thorough work in the course of the investigation in the interest of justice for the bereaved family.
According to him;
“One or two person have been calling me that I should try and bury my wife that they will talk to them for settlement. I have told them (that) I didn’t sell her and I am not collecting any money from anybody.
“I want the police to follow this case because I know that Pastor Psalm Okpe killed me wife. So, I want the law to make sure he does not go unpunished.”
Chris Ezike, the Commissioner of Police, pointed out that even though an autopsy had been conducted, he had not yet received the result. He stated that:
“The matter is under investigation. Autopsy was conducted on Saturday; as I speak to you, I’ve not received the autopsy report. Not until I have the autopsy report before me, I will not be able to say the cause of death.
“People should also not delve into areas where they have little competence. For somebody who is not a doctor or who has not been advised as such to hold an opinion where you have little competence is also not correct.
“They should allow the investigation to run to its conclusion. If they are not satisfied, they can go further; they can petition the IG. They matter can be taken over from Abuja but it will amount to overheating the polity for people to be making comments while matters are under investigation.
The police commissioner also made it known that “He (the pastor) is with us. We are very open in matters we do. We have not recovered any substance.”