A ‘pastor’ in Ogun state, Nigeria has been arrested by police in the state over allegations of sexual assault levelled against him.
The suspect, 34-year-old Adekunle Kayode, is said to have inserted his finger into a female member’s vagina in a bid to check if she was still a virgin.
Kayode is said to be the spiritual leader at the Jesus Is The Way Evangelistic Ministry in the Olorunsogo area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the pastor’s arrest was carried out when the victim narrated her ordeal to her father who then informed the police of the incident.
The pastor was reported to have been engaging in the act in the church weekly in a bid to confirm the girl’s virginity status.
According to the PPRO, “there was also a drama when the victim received ‘holy spirit’ which propelled her to reveal the misdeeds of the pastor who has indulged in this ungodly act for years.
“Another suspect arrested for similar offence is one Onatade Oluwasegun, 23, of 4, Sheriff Onatade Street, Obantoko for conspiring with the said pastor to use the victim for a ritual purpose.
“The father of the victim alleged that the duo were fond of dipping their fingers in the victim’s private part even when she was menstruating for reasons best known to them.
“She also claimed that the pastor recently confirmed her virginity status when she was to take part in a church programme.
“The victim has also claimed that Oluwasegun used a charm while attempting to rape her as directed by the pastor possibly for a ritual but she miraculously escaped.
“Meantime, the police have recovered the charm from the pastor within the church premises.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed that the matter be transferred to the SCID, Eleweran for further investigation.”