Operatives of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have arrested a pastor with one of the new generation Churches in Eneka, Obio/Akpor local government area of the State.
The pastor, identified as Sodje Masodje, was arrested over the alleged disappearance of a 20-year-old undergraduate, Beauty Nwigbaranee.
Report has it that that Beauty, a final year student of Education at the Rivers State University, was said to have visited Pastor Masodje, who is suspected to be her lover on Christmas Day (December 25, 2020) and has not been seen ever since.
Speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, Gobari Deebom, Counsel to the missing girl’s family, said that the case is that of suspected abduction.
Deebom said the undergraduate had told some family members that she was going to visit the pastor, but that her parents became suspicious when Masodje called a few days later, asking for Beauty.
“It is a suspected case of abduction since 25th December 2020 when she visited the pastor, also suspected to be her boyfriend or man friend.
“Since that 25th till 26th, 27th December 2020 her phone went off. The pastor called the family members of Beauty asking for her whereabouts.
“They said Beauty told them that she was visiting him and that they have not seen her back home since then. He said okay Beauty is coming to see them. Though they should not disclose it to her father that they have not seen Beauty.
“They kept to that not until after four days when they didn’t see her, they contacted the father who now reported to the Nigerian Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt
“He was arrested and has been in their custody,” Deebom explained
However, Deebom noted that he wants the police to take over the matter to pave the way for proper investigation.