The police command in Ogun says it has arrested a pastor in charge of Life and Power Bible Church Ogijo, pastor Mathew Oladapo, for forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 19 -year- old member of the church (name withheld).
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
According to Oyeyemi, the pastor was arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo divisional headquarters by the victim.
The PPRO noted that the victim had reported that while attending the church service on Feb.20, the pastor told her that he saw a vision that she was having a spiritual husband which she needed 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. In addition, she was asked to come to the church with 1,000 naira note 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.
“Upon 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,” he said.
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.