A 48 year old pastor, Michael Abiodun Rabiu, who was arrested in Ogun state for defiling and impregnating the daughter of his church member, has said that he slept with the little girl to exorcise the spirit of death from her and her family.
The pastor, who is a father of three, was arrested following information received at Owode Egba divisional headquarters.
The victim’s mother joined the church as a result of a spiritual problem that led to the death of two of her daughters.
In order to prevent the victim from the same calamity, the mother took the girl to the suspect’s church for spiritual deliverance.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, had said the minor who was delivered of a baby three months ago, informed the police that she was threatened by the pastor to not inform anybody about what had happened between them.
On interrogation, Pastor Michael, who confessed to the crime, blamed it on the devil, admitting that the girl had known no man before he had a sexual relationship with the JS2 student-the victim.
” I’m from Ikorodu, Lagos State, but I have been in Owode Egba, Ogun state, for 13 years. I’m married and have three children, two by my first wife and one by my new wife. I am a deliverance Pastor and the founder of the Church I am in charge of. I started the Deliverance Ministry about 13 years ago but had been in the calling about 25 years ago” the Pastor said.
” In the girl’s lineage, there is a god called tánràn. It is a snake god. The god had already taken some children born before her, so that was what brought her and her mother to me for deliverance. I had noticed that the spell was about manifesting in the girl’s life as issues about death were always discussed with her”.
“I asked the girl to come for deliverance for seven weeks, and she started coming every Wednesday after school. About a week to the end of the deliverance sessions, when we finished prayers for the day, I don’t know how the devil came over to make me have sexual relationship with her.”
“I told her that I wanted to marry her so that the spell on her family would not come upon her. I also told her that I would help to sponsor her education. She said there was no problem. I knew that if I didn’t tell her that, she would not agree to have sex with me.”
“She is a young girl and I discovered her to be a virgin so I could not penetrate her easily, I got stuck on the way but I ejaculated in her. She left thereafter and continued as a member of the Church Choir. I discovered a change in her about six months later. I didn’t give her any drug to take but I was afraid to tell her mother. At that time, her mother noticed her swollen stomach and thought it was the spell that was at work in her. This was because those of her late siblings used to swell up before their deaths.”
“This made her mother to take her for ultrasound scan where it was discovered that she was seven months pregnant. Her mother brought the issue to me and I confessed to her that I was responsible for the pregnancy. I started taking care of her until she had natural delivery of a baby boy.”
“By then, many people had known in the town. I also told my wife and she accepted it as a cross she has to bear. She did not quarrel with me. Expressing regret, the Pastor said that he thought of committing suicide since the incident occurred because it was a shameful act on his part, but was advised against it.”
“I’ve almost gone paralysed in my arms and legs. I thought of the girl’s age and turning God’s name into mockery and felt so ashamed,” he said.
The Pastor also revealed that he got separated from his first wife because she was stubborn and had anger issues. “She was very stubborn and tough. She used to be so angry that she would attempt to break objects on my head and I’m the easy going type that doesn’t like trouble. I also didn’t want to die prematurely. That was why I asked for separation when we could not resolve our differences. She’s 25 years old and has a nine month old baby for me.”
Speaking to Nigerian Tribune, the mother of the victim said that she was not ready to have any case with the pastor as he has been treating her daughter well since the pregnancy became known.
“I have been attending the Pastor’s Church since 12 years ago and he likes me and my family. He stood by me in times of tribulation. I know what happened is the work of the devil. I asked my daughter who impregnated her and she replied that it was the Pastor. I went to meet him and he admitted that he was the one. Since he did not deny the ownership, all I was thinking of was to support my daughter throughout the period so that she will have a safe delivery.”
The victim’s mother pleaded that the Pastor should be forgiven and let off the hook. She said “There is no one to help me take care of my daughter and her baby except the Pastor. I’m 47 years old, a widow and with no parents. I sell bread and don’t make N500 gain in a day. How do we survive without him?”
She also said that her daughter is 14 years old and not 12 as being speculated, disclosing that she was born on July 22, 2008.
The victim when speaking with Nigerian Tribune, said that she did not tell anybody that the Pastor forced her into sex. “He told my mother that I should come to church for deliverance prayer. We had been going through the sessions for weeks when, after prayers one day, he asked me to go to the parlour, remove my dress and lie down” the victim explained.
“That was when he slept with me. He pleaded with me not to scream in pain when he noticed that I was a virgin. I didn’t know I was pregnant because I had not menstruated before the sex.”
She also pleaded that the father of her son should be released and allowed to take care of her and her baby.