David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The police in Anambra State have paraded a pastor with Jesus Miracle Ministries, Ifite-Awka, Pastor Ekene Adoji for allegedly raping a 13 year old boy (name withheld) in his church.
THISDAY gathered that the incident happened recently after a night vigil in the church.
The victim who hails from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, had narrated his ordeal, saying, “I wanted to go home after the night vigil, and I told the pastor in charge of the church, but he said I should wait that it was still too early and was dark too.”
As he waited for dawn, the victim said the pastor applied a substance on his eyes which forced him to sleep, and he noticed on waking up that his trousers were torn, and his anus aching.
The Anambra State police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode, who paraded Pastor Adoji, said he had escaped after committing the crime, but was lured into police net by releasing his mother-in-law, while policemen disguised as members laid siege for him.
Adoji however denied having canal knowledge of the young boy in an interview with journalists, saying it was only a calculated attempt to put a dent to his name.
But doctors on examining the victim had confirmed that there was penetration through his anus, just as the victim confirmed that his anus aches.
A relative of the victim, Ngozi, had earlier confirmed the incident, saying they were not aware that Abuchi went to the church that night, but after forcing the truth from him, they rushed to the church only to find out that the pastor had absconded.
The PPRO has advised parents to keep their children away from the reach of people with questionable character.
She stated that some people now hide under religion to perpetuate evil and atrocious acts.
She added that investigation into the matter would continue, and the suspect would be charged to court for appropriate punishment.