Daily Independent reports that the pastor, who was not invited to the burial, sneaked into the venue of the burial at Itung Mbang, Uruan local government area. He was said to have witnessed the widow as sympathizers gave her gifts.
When arrested, Apostle Etim, a native of Enen Atai in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state, confessed that he truly stopped by the burial although he was not invited. He went on to reveal how he patiently waited to steal a bag that had about N600, 000, two cell phones belonging to the widow and her late husband, a cheque book with an ATM pin written at the edge of the cover, an ATM card and a briefcase containing the late husband’s documents, which was handed over to the woman’s son for safe keeping.
The pastor immediately used the money to buy a land in Uyo, withdrew all the money in the victim’s account using the ATM which had the pin written on it. He also gave the victim’s late husband’s phone to his wife, while he made use of the widow’s phone.
He was however tracked by the Department of State Services (DSS) through the stolen phones and was arrested during a church session at his City of Reality Christian Centre, Ediene Ikot Obio Imo in Uyo.
Etim who admitted to his crime during the interrogation said he was into photo and video media before he received his calling. He blamed the devil for his crime and promised to hand over the land acquired to the widow.
“Please don’t send me to jail. The devil is trying to rubbish my ministry. Please do not involve my wife in this, she is innocent, I did not tell her where I got the phone from. I don’t want our child to grow up without a father, please have mercy upon me,” he pleaded.