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Police arrest pastor for alleged rape

The pastor in charge of Life and Power Bible Church, Ogijo, Pastor Mathew Oladapo, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly having a forceful and unlawful carnal knowledge of a 19-year-old member during a deliverance service in the church m

The pastor was said to have been arrested following a report lodged at the Ogijo Divisional Headquarters by the victim (name withheld) of the alleged rape.

A release, AZ:5310/OGS/PRO/VOL.7/79/23/02/2022, by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, indicated that the victim reported that while attending the church service, on 20 February, 2022, the pastor told her that he saw a vision that she is having a spiritual husband which she needs to be delivered of.

She stated further that the pastor told her she will undergo three nights of fasting and prayer in the church for total deliverance and, in addition, she was asked to come to the church with the sum of N1,000 and anointing oil.

“But 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 bond between her and the spirit husband,” it was stated in the release.

DSP Oyeyemi said, upon receiving the report, the DPO Ogijo Division, CSP Onatufe Umoh, detailed his detectives to the scene where the alleged randy pastor was promptly arrested.

The Ogun Police image-maker further said that on interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, but claimed to have been overwhelmed by spirit.

He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the 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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