By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
A 50-year-old man in-charge of Cherubim & Seraphim Church, Oke-igbala, Ifo, Tayo Shobowale has been arrested by men of the Ogun State police command for the rape of a 17-year-old member of his church.
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at the family support unit of Ota Area Command by the victim, who was accompanied by her mother to the station.
The victim, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, reported that sometime in March 2021, the prophet invited her to the church for prayer and that the prophet took advantage of being alone with him in the church to forcefully rape her.
Oyeyemi said “The victim further stated that, after the illicit affair, the prophet ordered her to take a spiritual bath in the church with an already spiritually prepared candle, which he used to rub all over her body. Since then, the victim complained, she has being having spritual attacks which always made her to fall down and remain unconscious for hours.
“Upon the report, the Area Commander Ota, Muhideen Obe, detailed his family support unit to the scene where the randy prophet was promptly arrested”, he added.
“On interrogation, the suspect initially denied the allegations, but when he was confronted by the victim, it was very difficult for him to absolve himself of the allegations”.
The commissioner of police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered a thorough investigation of the case and that the suspect be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.