Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, the Founder and General Overseer of Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry in Warri, Delta state, has been apprehended and arraigned in court for being accused of raping a 19-year-old girl, name withheld, within his church hall on Wednesday, May 20.
The commandant of the Warri Area Command, ACP Mohammed Garba who reacted while taking the suspect to court, revealed the evidence collected has proven a case of r.a.p.e. He stated the clergyman invited the victim and her mum to church for deliverance, saying that he saw a vision of the spirit of death hovering around their family. It was said that during the deliverance session he allegedly drugged the victim and then r.a.ped her.
Mohammed stated that the clergyman took to his heel after he committed the crime but was caught last Friday, June 5.
“She said the pastor had a dream that death is hovering in their house and for peace to reign, she should bring her daughter for prayers. And the woman took the lady to the church. 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 coma for two days.
“We looked for this pastor for the past two weeks. Later on, I used my detectives to trace where he hid. I got him arrested and I am charging him to Court now.
We have evidence to prove rape and we have established that this pastor has raped that girl. We have the pictures. We have examined her. I took her to the doctor. He has examined her private parts and we have everything to charge this man to Court” Garba informed The Nation
He quashed the claims made by the clergyman that the police were asking him for bribe so they can drop the charges against him.
The victim on her part, said the clergyman had told her mum, Mrs Taye Edema who attends his church, to bring her for deliverance as he saw a vision that she slept with an internet fraudster, who cleaned her up with a handkerchief, with the intention to use her for ritual.
The victim said it was during the deliverance session that the accused pastor gave her olive oil to drink and some to apply on her private part before asking her to strip naked and lie down on a mat in the church.
“He started making love to me from the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted. He even said I should come again. I want to be the last he will do this to,” she said
Meanwhile, the pastor who was accused denied the allegation, maintaining he did not rape her
”She came to church on that fateful day, May 20. The mother brought her to the church for deliverance and I prayed for her in front of the altar in the presence of three persons. Immediately after the prayer, she left the church around 12. She came back 5 o’ clock with policemen and crowd saying ‘this is the man’. If not, I did not rape her.” he said
Reacting to the ugly incident, CP Mohammed Hafiz, the state Commissioner for Police, disclosed the law must take its course on the matter.
“ It’s a case of rape in which the bishop drugged the girl in the pretext of deliverance, when he thereafter, raped her. All efforts to make the Police compromise on the case hit a brick wall because the law of this country is not a respecter of anyone. We remain resolute to be just in our investigation.” he said