A man, who claimed to be a Pastor of “The Light House Gospel Church” Oluwo, Owode Egba, in Obafemi Owode Local Government area of OgunState, Michael Abiodun has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command.
The 48-year old is detained for allegedly defiling and impregnating a 12-year old member of the church (name withheld).
Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police confirmed that Abiodun’s arrest followed an information received at the Owode Egba Divisional Headquarters that, the victim’s mother joined the church as a result of spiritual problem which led to the death of two of her daughters.
“In order to prevent the victim from the same calamity, she ran to the church for deliverance. On the fateful day, the pastor, a father of three, asked the victim’s mother to send her to him for special prayer, but on getting there, the pastor took her into a room within the church and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her which resulted to pregnancy,” he said.
The PPRO added that upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer of Owode Egba Division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, a Chief Superintendent of Police, detailed his detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
Oyeyemi also revealed, “upon interrogation, he confessed to the commission of the crime but blamed it on the devil. He further confessed being the person who disvirgined the victim who was a JSS 2 student.
“The mother of the victim explained to the police that since her daughter has not been menstruating before, it was difficult for her to know that she was pregnant until seven months after. The victim, who was delivered of a baby three months ago, informed the police that she was threatened by the Pastor of a dare consequences if she informed anybody about what happened between them, and that was the reason she didn’t inform her mother.”
Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has reportedly ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation Department “for further investigation and possible prosecution.”