A 38-year-old pastor arrested for allegedly defiling choir member

Israel Adebayo, a 38-year-old preacher, was detained by Ogun state police officers for defiling a 14-year-old member of his church (name withheld).

The victim’s mother filed a complaint at the Agbado divisional headquarters, alleging that while she traveled to treat herself of a certain ailment, her daughter, who happened to be a choir member in their church, went to church. The complaint led to the arrest of the pastor, who is the general overseer of “The Beloved Chapel,” located at No. 9, Iyaniwura Street, off Owonikoko Street in the Agbado area of Ogun State. She was led into the pastor’s room where he forcibly had sex with her.

The DPO Agbado division sent his investigators to the spot after receiving the report, and the Pastor was instantly

On interrogation, the Pastor who admitted defiling the victim, pleaded for forgiveness. According to him, his family and that of the victim are close, however he doesn’t know why he commited the crime. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect would have been arrested long ago, but the mother of the victim frustrated the move because she doesn’t want to offend her Pastor. However, because the victim continued to bleed from her private part since the incident which happened in October 2021, she was left with no other option than to allow Police come into the matter. 

The victim who claimed that the Pastor was the first person to sleep with her is currently recuperating in a hospital. 

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the transfer of the case to state Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and possible prosecution. The Commissioner also warned parents to stop the habit of covering anybody who indecently assaulted their daughters no matter how close they are to such persons as they too may be liable for prosecution for compounding felony. 

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