Policemen attached to Warri Area Command in Nigeria have apprehended the Founder and General Overseer of Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry, Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl inside his church hall in Warri, Delta State.
It was gathered that the horrid incident happened on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, during a deliverance session inside the church hall. It’s reported that the pastor had drugged the victim before defiling her.
According to the State Police Spokesperson , ACP Mohammed Muktar Garba, the cleric was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the victim at his office.
He noted that the mother of the victim, is a member of the church where her daughter was allegedly raped by the said bishop. He added that all medical examinations conducted on the victim proved that she was raped .
The culprit who went into hiding , was nabbed on June 5, 2020, and has been in police detention. He was charged to court today.
The victim on her part, said the clergyman had told her mum, Mrs Taye Edema who attends his church, to bring her for deliverance as he saw a vision that she slept with an internet fraudster, who cleaned her up with a handkerchief, with the intention to use her for ritual.
The victim said it was during the deliverance session that the accused pastor gave her olive oil to drink and some to apply on her private part before asking her to strip naked and lie down on a mat in the church.
“He started making love to me from the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted. He even said I should come again. I want to be the last he will do this to,” she said
The accused however denied the allegation, insisting he did not rape her
”She came to church on that fateful day, May 20. The mother brought her to the church for deliverance and I prayed for her in front of the altar in the presence of three persons. Immediately after the prayer, she left the church around 12. She came back 5 o’ clock with policemen and crowd saying ‘this is the man’. If not, I did not rape her.” he said
Commenting on the incident, the state Commissioner for Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, said the law must be made to take its course on the matter.
“ It’s a case of rape in which the bishop drugged the girl in the pretext of deliverance, when he thereafter, raped her. All efforts to make the Police compromise on the case hit a brick wall because the law of this country is not a respecter of anyone. We remain resolute to be just in our investigation.” he said