The leaders of the Fishers of Men Charismatic Church have debunked the allegation that the church wedded a 17-year-old and her male partner without the parents’ consent.
INKLING had reported that the family of Blessing Udoye had condemned the alleged wedding between her and a man they called ‘stranger,’ which was officiated by a pastor of the church in Isiokpo, Imo State.
The family had alleged that the pastor ordered Blessing not to notify her family members of the wedding until after the marriage.
But the church in a statement on Thursday said a team was sent to the village where the wedding took place.
The church noted that Blessing, who met with the members of the team, said she was 18 years old, saying that was the information she presented to the church.
The church stated that Blessing family members attended the wedding except her brother, Raphael Udoye, who made the allegation.
In order to get the details of what transpired, the church authority sent investigators to unravel the mystery behind the allegation.
“Blessing Uduoye was there to speak with us amidst smiles and laughter, According to her, she is 18 years old and that is the information she presented to her pastor.
“The entire family members, except for Raphael Uduoye who was referred to as dissidents, were at the traditional marriage and church wedding.
“The father was traced to his business place and he gave a full analysis of his consent to the union.
“The team of investigators also visited the family house of Blessing Uduoye and the mother was interviewed. According to her, ‘I have prayed for my daughter to have a blissful matrimonial experience.’ To consolidate her acceptance, she further prayed for her daughter,” the church said.
The church added that the allegation of Blessing not informing her parents of her wedding as a doctrine of the church was a misinformation, urging Raphael to channel his grievance to the appropriate quarter.