A suspect, Pastor Matthew Oladapo, who is in charge of Life and Power Bible Church, Ogijo has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 19-year old female church member.
In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo divisional headquarters by the victim, who reported that while attending the church service on the February 20, 2022, the pastor told her that he saw a vision that she is having a spiritual husband which she needs to be delivered of hence she would undergo three nights of fasting and prayer in the church for total deliverance.
The Statement adds that the victim was asked to come to the church with 1,000 naira note and anointing oil.
But surprisingly, the victim 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 a piece of cloth on the floor which she obeyed. 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.
Upon the report, the Dpo Ogijo division,CSP Onatufe Umoh detailed his detectives to the scene where the pastor was promptly arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but claimed to have been overwhelmed by spirit.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti human trafficking and child labour unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
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