A pastor, Bassey has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused by members of his church of diverting church funds for personal use. The 49-year-old cleric slashed his throat on early hours of Monday on Abari Street in Mulero, Dopemu area of Lagos State.
The suicide was reported to the police at the Dopemu division, and policemen deposited his remains in a morgue, while his wife, called Iya Emmanuel, and son, Emmanuel, were arrested in connection with the incident, although the pastor had written a short note, stating that his family was not complicit in his death.
Police say the preliminary investigation revealed that the pastor was frustrated after he was accused by the church of diverting the undisclosed sum.
“The knife used by the pastor to kill himself has been recovered. He also wrote that he killed himself. We learnt that he was accused by his church of diverting money. He was probably frustrated because his neighbours described him as a God-fearing and honest person. We are still trying to find out the actual amount involved,” the source said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.