Operatives of the Ogun Police Command have arrested the pastor in charge of Life and Power Bible Church in Ogijo, Mathew Oladapo, for allegedly raping a 19-year-old member of the church.
The pastor was arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo divisional headquarters in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state, by the victim.
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The girl, whose name has been kept under wraps, told the Police that during the church service last Sunday, the pastor told her that he saw a vision that she had a spiritual husband, hence, she needs to be delivered.
According to her, the pastor told her that she would undergo three nights of fasting and prayer in the church for total deliverance.
She explained that the pastor also asked her to come to the church with a 1,000 naira note and anointing oil.
The lady said on the first night of the fasting and prayer, she was taken to a room within the church where the pastor ordered her to pull off her clothes and undies and lay down on the floor.
“While lying on the floor, the pastor started rubbing the anointing oil on her body and inserted his finger into her private part.
“When she protested, the pastor pinned her down, covered her mouth and forcefully had sex with her with the claim that it is the only way to break the bond between her and the spirit husband,” she reportedly said.
The Police spokesman in Ogun Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Wednesday told newsmen in Abeokuta that following the report, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Onatufe Umoh, quickly detailed his detectives to the scene where the randy pastor was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but claimed to have been overwhelmed by spirit,” Oyeyemi said.
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the state’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.