An unidentified woman walked to the altar of International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Benin City, on Saturday to seize the microphone from the pastor, accusing the groom, Dele, of dumping her for his new bride, Blessing.
Concise News understands that following her claim, she demanded that the wedding be stopped immediately.
Trouble started when the officiating pastor asked the congregation if anyone knew of any reason the couple should not be joined as husband and wife.
The enraged woman whose identity could not be ascertained was said to have learned about the wedding in a Facebook post.
It was gathered that the angry woman had stormed the church with some hefty-looking men, in an Audi car, at about 6.30am, and waited patiently until the wedding began at 12 noon.
At the point when the ring bearer was about handing the ring box to the groom, the woman matched to the altar, seized the microphone from the pastor and shouted “no! no! this wedding will not hold.”
The shocked pastor was said to have repeated the announcement for the second time, and the light-skinned woman again answered “no” in a thunderous voice, to the bewilderment of the entire congregation.
She further narrated how the groom allegedly proposed to marry her in 2017, after a courtship that lasted for seven years, but that the relationship did not produce any child.
The enraged woman told the congregation that she entered into a covenant with Dele before the church altar where he worshiped.
She said, “He (Dele) no longer picked my calls. He abandoned me. Why? What did I do to you?”
The bride, who watched helplessly as her joy and hope faded, collapsed on her seat, while Dele, who was clad in a cream-coloured suit on black trousers and a pair of glasses, broke down in tears.
Turmoil pervaded the entire neighborhood, following the suspension of the wedding by the officiating pastor.
Some of the invitees accused the presiding pastor of failing to carryout a background check on the couple, whereas others blamed the unfortunate incident on the sexual recklessness of the groom.
A member of the church, who did not want to be named, claimed that the groom was sighted at the birthday celebration of his ex-lover just a few weeks ago.
She added that tears were seen on Dele’s eyes even before the commencement of the wedding.
“The best man who was highly embarrassed by his action, urged him to calm down while he used a white handkerchief to wipe away his tears,” she said.
“Dele attended her birthday few weeks ago. It will surprise you to know that Dele was still going to see that girl at home. Why will you do such such thing when your wedding is around the corner?”
Two hours after the incident, the officiating pastor was allegedly given another directive by the authorities of the church to join the couple who later arrived in a grey-coloured SUV, in holy matrimony.