A Nigerian woman based in Vienna, Austria, Susan Edeh has narrated in an interview how a pastor of Omega Fire Ministries identified as Jesse, his wife and church members brutalised her after she requested a refund of a loan she gave to the church to pay up rent arrears.
According to the woman, Jesse had reached out to her to support him with the payment of church rent to avoid eviction.
Edeh, who is also a member of the church founded by Apostle Johnson Suleman, was reportedly brutalised by the pastor who she had agreed to support and had taken a loan from her bank for the purpose.
It had also been reported that Pastor Jesse promised to pay back the loan but refused after several years.
According to her, anytime she requested a repayment, the pastor would start blackmailing and threatening to deal with her.
Edeh reportedly paid a visit to the church on Sunday, January 2 in a bid to clear the air on issues surrounding the loans.
However, rather than a peaceful resolution as she had envisaged, trouble erupted as members of the church allegedly beat her, her child and the father of her children.
She said she was beaten to an extent that she lost a lot of blood but for the intervention of the police.
In an interview, Edeh said, “I live in Austria in Vienna city. On Sunday 2nd January, I had prepared to go to my church so I decided to go to Omega Fire Ministries where I used to attend. I recently stopped, to talk to members and the pastor concerning the loans I loaned him which they used to pay the rent for the church. I wanted to speak with everybody so we could just have an agreement concerning it.
“I got there with my three kids. I got to the church, we were at the altar actually dancing, they finished and the pastor said someone should give me the microphone; as I was about to talk, the problem started.
“I was just waving my hand and saying ‘praise the Lord’ when the father of my kids stood up to make a video and a lady kicked his phone off his hands and all of a sudden, they started kicking him and the pastor actually made a statement with the microphone telling them, ’beat Solomon, take him away from here’.