Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have arrested a 48-year-old Pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM), Gwaripa Branch, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old girl.
The suspect, David, was said to have volunteered to provide shelter and also conduct deliverance on the girl after she was accused of witchcraft, but thereafter took advantage of the vulnerability of the innocent girl and repeatedly sexually violated her.
The victim, a Junior Secondary School (JSS2) student of one of the government schools in Abuja, dropped out of school and was in dare need of accommodation shortly after the death of her parents in 2018.
Investigation revealed that the randy Pastor, who lost his wife sometimes ago, had once lived in the same compound with the victim’s parents in Karmo community, a suburb of Abuja. The pastor volunteered to harbour her and promised to assist in her education so as to give her a fulfilled life.
According to the victim, after the first year of their living together, the pastor started making love advances toward her, an action she constantly resisted.
She narrated that the first time the pastor raped her was in March this year on her birthday. She explained that the pastor had taken her and his daughter out on birthday celebration to some relaxation centres in Abuja.
She further narrated that in the evening, after daughter of the pastor had gone to bed; he approached and pounced on her, ignoring all pleas for mercy.
It was gathered that the pastor had since, continued to rape her at will, which later led to pregnancy.
During interrogation, the pastor confessed to have sexually abused the girl only twice and attributing the evil act to the “work of the devil.”
He stated that he actually took the girl in to conduct deliverance for her and also enroll her in school having missed school for about two years.
“After the deliverance, she has no place to stay, I then took her to live with me and my daughter,” admitted the pastor.
The Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah – Donli, described the action of the man as the highest form of wickedness against fellow human being considering the fact that the victim was vulnerable and a helpless orphan.
Okah – Donli said: “I’m deeply sad and disappointed by the action of this man who ordinarily ought to have provided hope for the girl by virtue of his position as a clergy. Rather than doing what is biblically expected of him in line with his calling, he abused his position and preyed on the very victim he supposed to protect.
“Arising from the increased cases of rapes and sexual abuses of female children and even male across the country, I have directed massive sensitisation of men forks across the country in order to arrest the situation. This prevailing evil acts must stop.”