A 38-year-old Pastor, Israel Adebayo has been arrested by police operatives in Ogun state for defiling a 14-years-old member of his Church (name withheld).
The Pastor who is the General Overseer of “The Beloved Chapel ” situated at No 9, Iyaniwura street, off Owonikoko street Agbado area of Ogun state was arrested following a complaint lodged at Agbado divisional headquarters by the mother of the victim, who reported that while she traveled to treat herself of certain ailment, her daughter who happened to be a choir member in their church, went to Church and the Pastor lured her into his room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
The Divisional Police Officer, Agbado division immediately detailed detectives to the scene where the Pastor was promptly arrested.
In a statement made available to FASnewsng by Ogun Police Command PRO, SP. Abimbola Oyeyemi, during interrogation, the Pastor who admitted defiling the victim pleaded for forgiveness.
“Our families are very close, please forgive me. I didn’t know how and why I did it.” Pastor pleaded.
Preliminary investigation also revealed that the suspect would have been arrested since 2021, but the mother of the victim kept frustrating the move but was left with no other option than to allow Police intervene when her daughter kept bleeding since the incident happened last October 2021.
The victim who claimed that the Pastor was yhe one who discovered her, is currently recuperating in an hospital.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and possible prosecution. He also warned parents to stop the habit of keeping quite whenever their children are assaulted, no matter how close they are to such persons as they too may be liable for prosecution for compounding felony.