Church members of the Calvary Baptist Church at Agric Nzema, near Kwadaso in the Kumasi Metropolis yesterday gazed in awe at the helpless body of their head pastor, Rev. Nicholas Opoku Agyemang, as it lay on the floor in a pool of blood.
The 63-year-old pastor who had been ill for three days, was said to have dashed for a single-barreled gun and shot himself in the chest, dying in his room at the mission house.
The gruesome incident which took place at about 4pm has sent chills down the spines of the residents of the area who are yet to come to terms with the development.
Rev. Agyemang, a pastor for the past 40 years and started his pastoral work from Dunkwa-On-Offin in the Central Region, and took over as the head pastor of the church at Agric Nzema, about six-years ago.
Some of the residents who the 'Times' spoke with, claimed that they heard a gunshot from the house and thought some armed robbers had attacked the pastor.
They rushed there only to see him in a pool of blood.
“It was a horrible sight”, one of the residents told the Times. A church member described the pastor as “a very calm and slow talker, such that sometimes when he is preaching, some people would be slumbering.”
According to the church member, the pastor did not attend the church service on Sunday and after the service, pastors and elders of the church prayed for him.
His wife, Opoku Agyemang, told newsmen, that before she left home to do some marketing in the morning she had a hearty chat with him, adding that she heard the gun shot just as she was entering the house.
“Though he has not been well, he looked very okay and I cannot believe my eyes,” she said amid tears.
As at the time of filing the report, the blood-stained body was being removed by the police to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital mortuary.