Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Another cleric has reportedly raped and impregnated a 12-year-old female member in Ogun State, blaming the devil for the sacrilege.
Pastor Michael Abiodun, who’s 48-year-old, is said to be the minister in charge of The Light House Gospel Church, Oluwo, Owode Egba, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun.
Abiodun has since been arrested by the police.
He was arrested on allegation of defiling and impregnating a minor, whose mother is a member of the pastor’s church.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
She said the pastor’s arrest followed the information received at Owode Egba Divisional Police headquarters.
The victim’s mother had reportedly joined the church after battling a spiritual problem that allegedly led to the death of two of her daughters.
In order to prevent the victim from going the war of her sisters, she had run to the church to seek deliverance.
“One fateful day, the Pastor, a father of three, had asked the victim’s mother to send her to him for special prayers.
“But on getting there, the pastor took her into a room within the church premises and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her, which resulted in pregnancy,” Oyeyemi said.
Receiving the information, the DPO of Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, deployed his men to the church where the said pastor was arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed to the commission of the crime, but blamed it on the devil.
“He further confessed being the person who deflowered the victim, who was a JSS 2 student,” it was said.
Oyeyemi quoted the mother of the victim as saying that she did not know her daughter was pregnant until seven months after, saying her daughter had not been menstruating before.
Stonix News gathered that the girl had been delivered of a baby three months ago.
The victim reportedly told the police that she was threatened by the Pastor of dire consequences if she divulged what transpired between them to anyone.
This, it was gathered, was the reason the girl did not inform her mother.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the case be transferred to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution.