The husband of the Edo State based gospel artiste who died in a hotel room has blamed the man of God who invited her there as being behind her murder.
According to the bereaved husband, his wife did not die of a cardiac arrest as revealed by a post mortem carried out on the corpse but that the pastor murdered her after he had drugged her.
Odion who is a transporter, has outrightly dismissed the test result, alleging that the 30-year-old Yvonne was given an overdose of an unknown substance in the hotel room and left to die by Apostle Okpe.
The gospel singer and mother of one died on April 8 in a hotel room in the Benin GRA, after she was invited by Apostle Okpe who she had allegedly met on Facebook, to perform at a programme in Warri, Delta State.
Odion told newsmen that he strongly suspects the pastor in the death of his wife due to circumstances surrounding her demise.
“At about 9pm on that day, 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."
Odion also claimed that the CCTV footage obtained from the hotel revealed that both Apostle Okpe and his late wife lodged in the same room and showed the suspicious movements of the pastor, which indicated his complicity in the death of the woman.
“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 upstairs. The police told me that they met my wife dressed like somebody ready to go out. The police snapped her 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 10am, 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.
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 my wife. So, I want the law to make sure he does not go unpunished,” Odion concluded.
Meanwhile, Apostle Okpe is still in police custody at the Edo State Command and the Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has assured that the police will surely get to the root of the matter.
“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.
The 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.
Okpe is with us. We are very open in matters we do. We have not recovered any substance.”