Thirty four-year-old Pastor Adekunle Kayode has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly fingering a member of his church (name withheld) to confirm her virginity.
The incident was said to have occurred on Sunday within the premises of the Jesus is the Way Evangelistic Ministry, Olorunsogo, Abeokuta.
A father of one, Kayode, was arrested by police detectives attached to the Kemta division after the victim allegedly narrated her ordeal to her father who informed the police.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest.
He said, “Kayode was arrested at his home on Okediyi Street, Abeokuta. Another suspect, Onatade Oluwasegun, 23, of Sheriff Onatade Street, Obantoko, was also arrested for conspiring with Kayode to use the victim for ritual purposes.
“The victim, who is 20 years old, alleged that Kayode also had indulged in this ungodly act for years.
“She also accused Kayode of fingering her several times even while she was on her monthly periods. She alleged that last Sunday, the pastor fingered her again to confirm her virginity while she was in the church for a programme.
“The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed that the matter be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.”
Adejobi said Oluwasegun, who is Kayode’s accomplice, allegedly used a charm on the victim with the intention of raping her, possibly for ritual purposes.
The charm, which has been recovered from Kayode, was said to have been hidden on the church premises.
In another development, a man – Bisi Onigogo – allegedly beat his 12-year-old daughter, Yemisi, to death while trying to correct her for a misdeed.
The incident was said to have occurred on Monday around 4.10pm.
Adejobi said, “Immediately Onigogo noticed that his daughter was dead, he ran away. Efforts are on to apprehend the suspect.”