Premium Times Reporter Runs Amok, Attacks Clergy
Fresh concerns have been raised over the safety of the founder of Kairos Rhema Embassy Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Nsikakabasi Ese, owing to another round of threats to his life by his former in-law, Mr. Cletus Ukpong of Premium Times Newspaper.
Cletus Ukpong is said to have secured the services of thugs which he uses to intimidate innocent Akwa Ibomites with Pastor Ese his latest victim. Ukpong who is still pained that Pastor Ese divorced his sister, whom he virtually packaged and delivered to Ese as a wife, has sworn never to allow the Pastor stay in Peace.
Cletus has sponsored both media and physical attacks on the pastor and has severally called him out to ridicule on many social media platforms.
It would be recalled that last year, Cletus and his army of hooligans were shamefully beaten up and chased out of Kairos worship centre in Bassey Esau Street for attempting to disrupt a service in order to push his personal vendetta against Pastor Ese.
Ukpong who was allowed into the church premises because of the NUJ branded bus he used, however alighted with some armed thugs to launch an attack.
At the church, they beat everyone up, broke chairs and destroyed anything at sight. If not for some church members and neighbours who came out to confront them, who knows what would have happened?
Further investigations revealed that Mr. Cletus Ukpong gave out his sister, Idongesit Ukpong, in marriage to one Mr. Anietie AKA Abdulahi, but the marriage failed.
Without divorcing the husband, Cletus gave her out to Pastor Nsikanabasi Ese of Kairos Rhema Embassy in marriage who never knew that Idongesit was still legally married to her ex-husband, Anietie.
The marriage between Idongesit Ukpong and Pastor Nsikanabasi was very smooth until the innocent pastor discovered that the woman he loved so much was a breathing lie and a direct opposite of truth.
Idongesit, out of desperation to marry the pastor, had lied to him about her true age, educational qualifications and even arranged with a fake prophet to go tell Pastor Ese that she is his wife.
Sources said, when the pastor discovered these and couple with the fact that she was not fit to be a church founder’s wife because of her character, the marriage hit the rock and they headed to the court.
The marriage ended November 2016 and she had packed out of the house and supported by her brother, started threatening Pastor Ese via text messages and calls. To make good their threat, they decided to pay the pastor a visit in his Church unknown to them that the pastor had travelled to Port Harcourt before their arrival.
When phone calls were made to reach Pastor Ese, he declined to comment on the matter, saying he was busy with his church programme, however sources say the Pastor has been faced with severe threats by the Onna-born journalist who had also been a contractor using the firm, Emem and Sons, during the regime of former Governor Godswill Akpabio.