A pastor of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, David Onyekachukwu, claims that the devil pushed him to rape and impregnate a 16 year old girl.
The 48 year-old pastor who was arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) reportedly met the girl in 2018 and started wooing her.
Onyekachukwu who pastors the Gwarinpa branch of the church did not deny the crime during interrogation. He revealed that he abused the teenager twice.
The teenager lost her parent in 2018 and had no shelter. So the pastor volunteered to provide accommodation for her.
Investigation by NAPTIP revealed that the pastor who is from Nsukka in Enugu State lost his wife and decided to bring the teenager to stay with him and his daughter in the Karmo area of Abuja.
He offered to take care of her education. She was in JSS 2 when the incident happened on her birthday in March 2019, following vehement resistance in her first year (JSS 1).
Mrs. Stella Nezan, the spokesperson of NAPTIP, in a statement issued in Abuja said;
“During interrogation, the pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, confessed to have sexually abused the girl twice and attributed the evil act to the work of the devil.
“He stated that he took the girl in to conduct deliverance on her and also enrolled her in school, having dropped out for about two years. After the deliverance, he took her to live with him and his daughter.”
Julie Okah-Donli, the Director of the agency, in her own statement said; “rather than doing what is biblically expected of him in line with his calling, he abused his position and preyed on the very victim he was supposed to protect.
“Arising from the increased cases of rape and sexual abuse of female children and even males across the country, I have directed massive sensitisation across the country in order to arrest the situation.”