Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pastor arrested for trafficking 13 year old girl

A Nigerian pastor has been arrested by security personnel at the Elubo-Ivory Coast entry point for attempting to traffick a Junior High School student from Kaneshie in Accra, Ghana to an unknown destination in Cote d'Ivoire.

After his arrest, a police search througgh his bag revealed a Holy Bible, a talisman and pornographic movies, which he claimed ownership of.

Adebayor Adedeji, who claims to be a senior pastor of the Church of Christ, Nigeria, is currently with the Jomoro District Police Command, awaiting transfer to the Kaneshie Police for further investigations.

The victim, 13-year-old Hannah Dzokah from Sogakope in the Volta Region, told the police that she was approached by the pastor at Kaneshie who engaged her in a long conversation.

Hannah told the security personnel that she met the pastor at the Kaneshie market and he invited her to follow him to where he was going but she refused, after which the pastor gave her a red and black long-sleeved shirt to wear.

She said after wearing the shirt the only thing she remembered was that they had arrived at Elubo.

The police and other members of the security services at the border who helped in the arrest of Adedeji just before he could cross the Ghana side into Cote d'voire, said saw a struggle between the suspect and the victim.

The police said they were surprised at the way the pastor, who claimed he was travelling with the girl was struggling with her and, therefore, decided to arrest him.

After they were moved to the district command, the victim told the police she did not realise that they were in Elubo. It was after removing the shirt the pastor gave her that she became aware that she was in an unfamiliar territory.

'I then asked the pastor where we were and he told me we were going to Cote d'Ivoire. I refused to cross the border with him but he grabbed me,' she said.

The victim said she managed to free herself from the grips of the pastor and started shouting. This attracted the attention of security personnel at the border and onlookers.

When the Daily Graphic contacted the Divisional Police Commander, DSP John F. Dzineku, he confirmed the story and and said the pastor was currently in police custody.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service has taken over the case and are preparing to transfer the pastor and the victim to ccra.


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