Police arrest suspect in Assemblies of God pastor's killing

BY: Benjamin Xornam Glover
The suspect, Francis M. Nabegmado in custody after he was arrested and was going to be handed over to the police
The suspect, Francis M. Nabegmado in custody after he was arrested and was going to be handed over to the police

A suspect in the gruesome murder of the head pastor of the Central Assemblies of God Church at Tema Community Four, Rev Dr David Nabegmado has been arrested by the police.

Rev Dr David Nabegmado was stabbed to death Sunday morning at the church premises where he was preparing to deliver a sermon.

His nephew, Francis Nabegmado who lived with him for some time, has been arrested for the act.

A second suspect, said to have aided the killing has also been arrested and being interrogated by the police, Graphic Online has gathered.

DSP Joseph Benefo Darkwah, Public Relations Officer of the Tema Regional Police Command briefing the press on the incident in the video below.

The second suspect thought to have aided the suspect also in police custody.

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The deceased was accosted by the suspect while moving from the church office into the main auditorium for the day's service at about 9am.

Read also: Assemblies of God head pastor killed at church premises in Tema

Rev Nabegmado was scheduled to minister to the church on Sunday when the incident occurred. 

The reason for the attack is not readily known.

Rev Nabegmado died at the Tema General hospital where he was taken to for treatment.

The murder weapon - a knife - which was used to stab Rev Nabegmado has also been retrieved by the police.

The video below depicts the scene at the church premises immediately after the attack and the suspect in custody was being transported to the police station.

Rev Alfred Kweku Akumbie, Greater Accra East Regional Secretary of Assemblies of God Church confirmed the killing to Graphic Online.

In the video below, Rev Akumbie said Rev David Nabegmado was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The killing of Rev Dr Nabegmado, said to be a "loving and caring pastor," has brought the issue of security for pastors in the Assemblies of God Church to the fore.