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Nigeria: Pastor Arrested for Conducting Virginity Test On Member With Finger
Abeokuta — The Ogun State Police Command said yesterday, that it had arrested a pastor identified as Adekunle Kayode, 34, for conducting virginity test on a 20-year-old female member of his church in Abeokuta, the state capital, using his finger.
Kayode, a pastor in charge of Jesus Is The Way Evangelistic Ministry, Olorunsogo, Abeokuta, was reportedly arrested by detectives attached to Kemta Division in his house, 3, Okeyidi Street, Abeokuta.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the pastor’s arrest was carried out when the victim narrated her ordeal to her father who then informed the police of the incident.
The pastor was reported to have been engaging in the act in the church weekly in a bid to confirm the girl’s virginity status.
According to the PPRO, “there was also a drama when the victim received ‘holy spirit’ which propelled her to reveal the misdeeds of the pastor who has indulged in this ungodly act for years.
“Another suspect arrested for similar offence is one Onatade Oluwasegun, 23, of 4, Sheriff Onatade Street, Obantoko for conspiring with the said pastor to use the victim for a ritual purpose.
“The father of the victim alleged that the duo were fond of dipping their fingers in the victim’s private part even when she was menstruating for reasons best known to them.
“She also claimed that the pastor recently confirmed her virginity status when she was to take part in a church programme.
“The victim has also claimed that Oluwasegun used a charm while attempting to rape her as directed by the pastor possibly for a ritual but she miraculously escaped.
“Meantime, the police have recovered the charm from the pastor within the church premises.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed that the matter be transferred to the SCID, Eleweran for further investigation.”
Man beats daughter to death
Also, a man, Bisi Onigbogbo of J6 Camp, Ogbere, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun State allegedly beat his 12-year-old daughter, Yemi Onigbogbo, to death while trying to correct her for some misbehaviour, on Monday
According to the Police spokesman, shortly after the incident, the suspect ran away immediately he noticed that the young girl was dead.
He said: “Efforts are being intensified by the police with the help of the community members to get him apprehended.”