By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Men of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a prophet, Dr. Michael Adeniran, for allegedly raping and impregnating a 15-year-old girl (names withheld), who is his lover’s daughter, both members of his church.
The suspect, Shepherd of El-Bethel Parish of Celestial Church of Christ, Ita-aka, Abeokuta, allegedly lured the SS 2 student of Saje High School, Abeokuta, into his car on her birthday and raped her.
Police arrested the cleric following a complaint from the girls’ mother.
She had noticed that her daughter was pregnant and mounted pressure on her to disclose who is responsible for the pregnancy.
When she confessed, her mother reported to policemen at Adigbe Division and he was arrested.
According to the state’s police spokesman, “the victim said the suspect lured her into his car on the day she marked her birthday and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the SCIID for further investigation.
“The CP also reiterated his earlier warning to parents to always be watchful of their children to prevent them from becoming victims in the hands of people with devilish intention. The pastor will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.”