A 48-year old Pastor of The Light House Gospel Church, Oluwo area of Owode Egba, in Obafemi- Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Michael Abiodun has been arrested by detectives for defiling and impregnating a -12 –year- old member of his church.
It was learnt that the victim’s mother had joined the church as a result of perceived spiritual problems which she claimed led to the death of two of her daughters and in a bid to avert further loss of children, she ran to the church for deliverance.
The clergyman who is a father of three, it was further learnt, asked the victim’s mother to send her daughter over to him for special prayer, but on getting there, the Pastor took the girl into a room within the church and raped her, leading to pregnancy.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen that the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba division, Olasunkanmi Popoola, detailed detectives to the scene and had the pastor arrested.
Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the pastor had confessed to committing the crime during interrogation but blamed it on the devil.
He also admitted to being one that deflowered the girl who is a Junior Secondary School 2 student, according to the police spokesperson.
“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 dire consequences if she informed anybody about what happened between them, and that was the reason she didn’t inform her mother,” Oyeyemi said.
The suspect will be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution.