Blessing Joseph is the estranged wife to a man called Pastor Precious Iginla. who is a senior pastor at the prophetic fire Embassy International church in Port Harcourt. He is also the younger brother to a popular Abuja-based Pastor, Joseph Iginla.
She says that since she got married to this man in 2014, from the first week of the marriage, she became subjected to emotional abuse and public disgrace from these two brothers.
But that’s not why she’s on the show today.
She is on the show today because she has not been allowed to see her children for almost 1 year since she was kicked out of her matrimonial home by her husband.
Now, she’s presently in court asking for a divorce and for some kind of custody or access to her children and she says she has been frustrated from getting any type of justice.
Apparently, women being separated from their children is one special form of Nigerian epidemic.
How the abuse started:
“The abuse started one week into the wedding when the brother asked me to sit down in the congregation, from then that abuse started. From that day, he started physically attacking me, at every slight provocation he would slap me, at every slight provocation he would strangle me. At every slight provocation.
My neighbors in Gwagwalada can attest to this if their watching. My neighbors in Port Harcourt Mrs Tinu can attest to it, they’ve seen me, they’ve come to beg him. My neighbors in South Africa can attest to it she has come to beg him time and time without number to let me into the house.
Most times after he attacks me I run out or a times he pushes me out of the house, I go out and stay for sometime until neighbors will come and beg so it’s been like that.
The physical abuse started one week into the wedding but I stayed because neighbors and church members kept convincing me. I got married at 25. I didn’t know much about life like I do now.”
The tales about her children:
I have two kids, a boy and a girl but I don’t know where they are.
I don’t know where they are because… 11 months ago in Port Harcourt, there was a day Precious Iginla said he was coming to see his brother in Abuja when he told me he was coming to see his brother in Abuja, he dropped N7,000 for me that I should cook a pot of soup, I should buy meat and the rest of that.
So I told him that the money he was giving me was too small and that he’s going to spend 2 weeks in Abuja and I have 2 kids at home. He told me that he does not have any money that he was going to give to me. When I exhausted the money I took some plastic chairs that were in the house, I sold to these people passing by in that area so they gave me 12,000. That was how I used it to take care of myself until he got back.
When he got back, he started fighting and said I should go and return his plastic chair, that the plastic chairs are missing and I should go and return his plastic chairs. That was the fight that led to him physically abusing me and throwing me out of the house. Then my neighbors in that area came to separate the fights. So one of my neighbors took me in to the house and housed me there. That was the last day I saw my kids (or) I saw my belongings; everything. Precious Iginla also went and arrested those people that housed me, that gave me shelter for a month. He went and arrested them, he took them to the police station, he made them write statements and said that they should never house me anytime I come over there.
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