A Nigerian clergyman, Mathew Oladapo, has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for allegedly raping a 19-year-old member of his church.
It was gathered that Oladapo, the pastor in charge of Life and Power Bible Church Ogijo, allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of the church member during a deliverance session at the church.
He told the victim he saw a vision that she is having a spiritual husband which she needs to be delivered of. According to the victim, the pastor told her she will undergo three nights of fasting and prayer in the church for total deliverance. He also asked her to come to the church with 1,000 naira notes and anointing oil.
The victim told the police that 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.
Oladapo was arrested and detained after the victim lodged a complain against him at the Ogijo Police divisional headquarters. Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime but claimed to have been overwhelmed by a spirit.
The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident said 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 prosecution.