The General Overseer of The Beloved Chapel, Agbado , Ogun State, Pastor Israel Adebayo, has owned up to the police of defiling a 14-year –old member of the church’s choir , but added he did not know how it happened!
The ‘pastor’, 38 years old, was arrested by the police after the mother of the teenager reported at Agbado Divisional Police Headquarters that the head of the church , located at 9, Iyaniwura street , Agbado, lured her daughter into his room and forcefully slept with her when she travelled to treat herself of an undisclosed ailment.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimblola Oyeyemi, said the ‘Pastor’ , while being interrogated after his arrest , ‘’admitted defiling the victim,’’ even as he pleaded for forgiveness’’.
‘’According to him,’’ my family and that of the victim are so close , but I didn’t know, how and why such a thing happened to me,’’ Oyeyemi quoted him as saying.
Preliminary investigation , it was revealed that the suspect would have been arrested long ago , but the mother of the victim frustrated the move because she did not want to offend her ‘pastor’.
However, as a result of continuous bleeding from her private part since the incident, which happened in October 2021, she was left with no other option than to allow the police to wade in.’’
The victim , who claimed that the ‘Pastor’ was her first experience of sleeping with any man, is at present undergoing medical attention in a hospital.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the tate, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the case to the State CID for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Bankole warned parents to desist from the habit of covering anyone who indecently assaulted their daughters no matter how close they are to such persons, saying they too may be liable for prosecution for compounding felony.