Operatives of the Ogun Police Command have arrested one Pastor Peter Taiwo of Christ Apostolic Bible Church, Alaja Oke, Saje, Abeokuta, the state capital, and his wife, Mrs Elizabeth Taiwo, over alleged rape of a 16-year-old chorister of the church.
The couple were arrested on Friday following a complaint lodged at Adatan divisional police headquarters by the victim.
The victim whose name has been kept under wraps told the police that while she was in the church for choir practice, the pastor’s wife instructed her to go and meet him in their room “because the pastor wanted to send her on errand.”
According to the complainant, as soon as she got into the room, the pastor’s wife locked the door from outside, the pastor overpowered her, and forcefully had sex with her.
She also reportedly told Police that “the pastor’s wife later came in after her husband has satisfied himself and met her crying and she told her to stop crying as she is now a woman, she then warned her never to tell anybody or else she will die.”
The Police Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Sunday, said the DPO of Adatan division, SP Salaudeen Abiodun, detailed detectives to the scene, where the randy pastor and his wife were apprehended.
“On interrogation, the couple confessed to the crime but blamed the devil for it. They also pleaded for forgiveness from the victim,” Oyeyemi said.
He disclosed that the victim had been taken to hospital by the police for medical treatment.
Oyeyemi quoted the commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, to have ordered the transfer of the suspects to anti human trafficking and child labour unit of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation, with the view to charging them to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
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