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According to the family, the pastor ordered Blessing not to notify her family Members of the wedding until after the marriage, It was learned that the Sunday wedding took place in the church auditorium without their family members being present.

Blessing's brother, Raphael Udoye, who talked to our correspondent on the phone, said he received information about the wedding from his sister's friend two weeks ago, adding that he had rejected it.

He added that when another friend accused him of not having invited him to Blessing's wedding and made the invitation card, he decided to ask his sister about it.

He said, "When I got home, I called my sister (Blessing) and asked her about the alleged wedding, and she said, if I wanted to know, that I should come to her church for details.

"I was shocked because this is the girl I paid her exam fee for.

"She has not gotten good grades and I still try to persuade her to sit for another exam when it's time or to learn a profession." I did not know what she wanted is to marry a stranger.

"I called my other siblings to ask them if they knew about a wedding, but they all denied it.

"When my dad came back I asked him and he was shocked and angry that he called my sister to the living room where he asked her about the wedding.

"She said it was her pastor who said that she should not inform her family members, adding that she met the man at one of her church retreats in Benin."

Raphael, who claimed that the investigation revealed that the pastor had planned the wedding about six months ago, said his father had visited the pastor and confronted him.

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He added that the pastor, who did not regret his act, said the church had set the wedding date and that it could not be changed.

Imo State Indigenous, who noted that Blessing had stayed home before the wedding, said her phone number had been turned off and her whereabouts were unknown.

Raphael, who described the wedding as a taboo, said the family had not accepted the husband as their in-laws.

He added that the family wanted Blessing to go back to school or learn a trade.

He said, "I do not want my sister getting married now, I want her back to school, she's still young.

"But if she wants to marry, her husband should come in a lawful manner and ask for her hand in marriage."

Our correspondent selected a number on the church website and the person who accepted the call claimed to be an elder in the church.

He said, "We also received the information and we sent our media team to the village and they will write a report.

"We do not hold a wedding without parental consent, but our media team will meet with the parent of the girl, the injured brother, and produce a detailed report."

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