A 48-year-old pastor, David Osho, has been arrested by the police at Enuowa Divisional Police Station in Ondo town for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
The suspect, who is believed to be the founder of a white garment church in the town, was arrested following a complaint lodged at the station by the sister of Fatimoh Lagunju, who was said to have been sexually assaulted by the pastor.
The girl was allegedly taken to Osho’s church after suffering from a prolonged illness said to have defied orthodox medication.
She was living in the church, which is a few metres away from the home of the pastor, when the incident occurred.
While narrating her plight to the Nigerian Compass at the police station, Fatimoh, who was accompanied by her sister who reported the matter to the police, said: “I was sitting in the church when the pastor sent his son to me that I should come to his house.
“Immediately I entered the house, he told me to sit on his laps and started caressing me after which he had sex with me. I tried to shout but he warned me not to do so, threatening that something sinister and more terrible would happen to me if I do so.”
She said that after the sex bout, the pastor told her to go back to the church, explaining that when she got there, she reported the matter to her mother who was already waiting for her in the church.
She said her mother later took her to the house and reported the matter to her two brothers who were met at home.
The brothers, according to her, later went to confront the pastor and then reported to the police who came to arrest him.
At the station, the pastor confessed to the crime, attributing it to satanic attack.
He pleaded for leniency and promised never to indulge in such act again.
Meanwhile, the plea for mercy and the move by the pastor to have an amicable settlement of the matter with the victim’s parents seem to be heading for the rocks, as the matter is believed to have been taken over by a human rights organisation, which has vowed to pursue it to the end.
We gathered that while the pastor had concluded plan to pay an unspecified money as compensation to the family of the girl, who are said to be members of the church, the police said they were still investigating the matter as the accused is still in custody.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Enuowa, Alhaji Oyibo Shuaibu Suleiman, confirmed the incident, saying that the report has been forwarded to the police command headquarters in Akure, the state capital, while effort is being made to arraign the suspect in court as soon as investigation is concluded on the matter.