I told her that I wanted to marry her so that the spell on her family wouldn’t come on her. I also told him that I would help sponsor his education. She said there was no problem. I knew that if I didn’t tell her that, she wouldn’t agree to sleep with me.
This was the confession of a 48-year-old pastor, Michael Abiodun Rabiu, who was arrested by detectives from the Ogun State Police Command not only for desecrating a 12-year-old girl (names withheld ), but also for impregnating her.
State Police image maker SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest, had said that Pastor Michael, as he is affectionately known, with a church in Oluwo, Owode Egba, in the area of local government of Obafemi Owode, had the girl as a member of the choir of her church before her number.
Nigerian Tribune has learned that the mother of the victim joined the church following a spiritual problem which led to the death of the daughters she had before the defiled daughter.
The PPRO said police were told the mother had taken the suspect’s daughter to the suspect’s church for spiritual deliverance to prevent her from suffering the same fate as her late sister.
“On the fateful day, the pastor, a father of three, asked the victim’s mother to send him a special prayer, but upon reaching it, the pastor took her to a room in the church and had with her a carnal relationship that culminated in pregnancy,” SP Oyeyemi said.
The report is said to have prompted the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Owode Egba Division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola, to send his detectives to the scene where the pastor was promptly arrested.
When questioned, Pastor Michael, who confessed to the crime, blamed it on the devil, admitting that the girl had not known any man before having sex with the JSS 2 student.
The victim’s mother said she found out about the pregnancy very late as her daughter hadn’t started her period before, making it difficult to find out until she was seven months pregnant.
State Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole had ordered the transfer of the suspect to the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and prosecution after his conclusion.
Nigerian Tribune interviewed the suspect. Below are excerpts:
“I am from Ikorodu, Lagos State but have been in Owode Egba, Ogun State for 13 years. I am married and have three children – two from my first wife and one from my new wife. I am a deliverance pastor and the founder of the church for which I am responsible. I started deliverance ministry about 13 years ago, but I was called about 25 years ago.
why i was arrested
“In the line of daughters, there is a god called ‘tánràn’. He is a serpent god. The god had already taken children born before her, so that’s what brought her and her mother to me for deliverance.
“I had noticed that the spell was meant to manifest in the girl’s life, as death issues were always discussed with her.
“When she was brought to me, I advised her mother to take care of her quickly spiritually so that she wouldn’t lose her too. I asked the girl to come for deliverance for seven weeks, and she started coming every Wednesday after school closed.
“About a week before the end of the deliverance sessions, when we finished the daily prayers, I don’t know how the devil came to make me have sex with her.
“I told her that I wanted to marry her so that the spell on her family wouldn’t come on her. I also told him that I would help sponsor his studies. She said there was no problem. I knew that if I didn’t tell her, she wouldn’t sleep with me.
“She’s a young girl and I found out she was a virgin so I couldn’t penetrate her easily, I got stuck on the way but I ejaculated inside her. She left afterwards and continued in as a member of the church choir.
“I discovered a change in her about six months later. I didn’t give her any medicine to take but I was so scared to tell her mum. At that time her mum noticed her swollen belly and thought that it was the spell that was at work inside her, it was because those of her deceased siblings used to swell before they died.
“This prompted her mum to take her for an ultrasound where it was discovered that she was seven months pregnant. Her mum brought the issue to me and I confessed to her that I was responsible for the pregnancy. J started caring for her until she naturally gave birth to a baby boy (name withheld).
“At that time, many people had known each other in the city. I also told my wife and she accepted it as a cross that she must bear. She didn’t argue with me.
Expressing his regret, the pastor said he had thought about killing himself since the incident happened because it was a shameful act on his part, but he was advised against it.
“I almost became paralyzed in the arms and legs. I thought about the age of the girl and I made fun of God’s name and I was so ashamed,” he said.
Reason why I separated from my first wife
“She was very stubborn and tough. She was so angry that she was trying to break things on my head. And I’m the easy-going type who doesn’t like trouble. I also didn’t want to die prematurely. That’s why I filed for separation when we couldn’t resolve our differences. She remarried and I also decided to take another wife two years ago. She is 25 and has a nine month old baby for me.
He also said that one of his pastors took over the church of about 150 congregations in his absence.
Ironically, the girl’s mother, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune, said she was not ready to have a case with the pastor as he has been treating her daughter well since the pregnancy became known.
“I have been going to the pastor’s church for 12 years. And he likes me and my family. He supported me in times of tribulation. I know what happened is the work of the devil. I lost two children to strange deaths, as they swelled up and died within a month of the illness.
“I dreamed of my daughter and told the pastor about it. He also came to tell me about the vision he had of my daughter. He said she would need to come for prayers and delivery.
“About seven months after the prayers, I noticed that she looked swollen like it happened to her late sisters. I was afraid the same thing had happened to my daughter, so I took her to the hospital. That’s where I was told she was pregnant.
“I asked her about the person who got her pregnant and she said it was the pastor. I went to meet him and he admitted it was him.
“Since he didn’t deny ownership, all I was thinking about was supporting my daughter throughout so she could give birth safely.
“Since the pregnancy was detected by the CT scan, the pastor has done everything necessary to get my daughter to the antenatal clinic and prepare for her delivery. He bought everything needed and took care of her financially.
“Since she gave birth too, he has been taking care of her and the baby. And he has also changed her school and paid her school fees to where she is now.
“I accepted what happened as fate. I’m not ready to make a case with him. It wasn’t me who reported him to the police, nor was it my daughter.
Pleading for the pastor to be forgiven and acquitted, the girl’s mother said: ‘There is no one to help me take care of my daughter and her baby except the pastor, which he does very well. .
“I am 47 years old, I am a widow and without parents. I sell bread and I don’t earn 500 naira in a day. How to survive without it? Currently, there is no one to sponsor my child’s education. There is no one to help me. »
She also said her daughter was 14, not 12 as is believed, revealing she was born on July 22, 2008.
The girl, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, said she did not tell anyone that the pastor forced her to have sex.
“He told my mother that I had to come to church for the deliverance prayer. We had been going through the sessions for weeks when one day, after prayer, he asked me to go to the living room, take off my dress and lie down.
“It was when he slept with me. He begged me not to scream in pain when he noticed I was a virgin. I didn’t know I was pregnant because I hadn’t had my period before sex,” she explained.
She also pleaded for her son’s father to be released and allowed to care for her and her baby.
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