By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Founder and General Overseer of the Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry, Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, is now cooling off at the police cell in “A” Division, Warri, Delta State for allegedly raping a nineteen-year-old girl (names withheld).
The Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, ACP Mohammed Muktar Garba, in a chat with journalists on Monday, said the suspect was arrested on Friday, June 5.
Garba said the cleric was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the victim at his office.
According to him, the mother of the victim is a member of the church where her daughter was allegedly raped by the said Bishop.
” She said the pastor had a dream that death was hovering in their house and for peace to reign, she should bring her daughter, Miracle for prayers (deliverance).
“The woman brought the lady to the church pastor. I think what really happened is that the pastor drugged that lady and raped her. I personally took the lady to the hospital because she was in a coma for two(2) days.
“We were looking for this pastor for the past three weeks. We later traced him to where he was hiding and I got him arrested, and we are charging him to court now.
“This is somebody that I arrested since Friday. He has been in cell since Friday, Saturday, Sunday and today-Monday. I am charging him to court,” Garba said.
“We have the pictures. We have examined the victim. I took her to the doctor. He has examined her private parts, and we have everything to charge this man to court.”
Garba also denied allegations of collecting money from the suspect to release him or cover up the matter.
,”I did not demand a dime from him and I will not collect a dime from him. He must face the wrath of the law,.” he said.
Reacting to the allegation of rape against him suspect, Orhonigbe denied the allegations .
“I did not rape her,” the cleric said to newsmen on his way out of the Police Station to court
“She came to church on that faithful day, the 20th of May. The mother brought her to the church for deliverance and I prayed for her in front of the altar in the presence of three people.”
“Immediately after the prayer, she left the church. That was around to 12. She came back 5 ‘o’clock with policemen and some crowd, saying ‘this is the man.’ I did not rape her,” Bishop Orhonigbe added
Narrating her ordeal before newsmen,the victim said she was a member of the church when she was younger but stopped at a time.
The girl, who said the suspect saw a vision and asked her mother to bring her for deliverance, explained that the cleric said she (victim) slept with a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo Boy) and that they cleaned her up with a handkerchief with an intention to use her for ritual.
According to the victim, the cleric gave her olive oil to insert in her private part just as he also gave her more to drink before asking her to strip naked and lie down on a mat in the church with the sliding windows and doors closed.
“He started having sex with me through the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted. He even said I should come again.”
She demanded for justice, saying “I want to be the last he will do this to.”
Mother of the victim, Taye Edema corroborated the claims of her daughter just as she demanded that justice must takes its course on the matter.
“They didn’t give me a dime. I don’t want to collect any money. I want justice.”
Lawyer to the Victim’s family, Clem Ade Omotoye, condemned the act in all ramifications, saying,” We are ready to follow the matter to its logical conclusion and see that justice is done so as to server as deterrent to others. “