Rape culture is something that a lot of people have been crying out against for a while and it is no surprise that a number of men across the world have faced the wrath of the law for such practices.
In Nigeria, religious leaders are some of the most feared people and oftentimes, some of them do the darndest things by breaking the trust of their members by abusing women in a se’xual way.
Although they are a very few men of God who are the bad eggs among the plenty men of God doing good work all around the country, here’s a list of five men of God who have been arrested for allegedly raping members of their church.
1. Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is the presiding Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing churches.
He is a revered man of God but things went south for him after first being accused by a member of his church, Ese Walter for alleged sexual relations with her.
A few years after this first story, the Pastor was in the news again when Busola Dakolo, wife of Timi Dakolo alleged that the he raped her several years ago while she was a young lady.
The matter was taken to Police station and it appears the case has been thrown out due to lack of proper evidence.
2. Sunday Egbo
Pastor Sunday Egbo of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuona Obukpa, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu, was arrested and confessed to raping one of his church members, Ukwueze Ifebuche Blessing, and an attempt to do money ritual.
Egbo, who was paraded alongside 36 other suspects at the Enugu Police Command headquarters, was said to have invited his victim for a prayer session when he had the carnal knowledge of her.
According to reports, Egbo asked the victim to come along with the picture of her sick brother for prayers.
It was revealed that Egbo ordered her to remove her clothes, but the victim refused and the pastor slapped her and tore her clothes and raped her.
“Egbo seized her pants, brassiere and brought out a small bottle and wanted to insert it in her private parts, but she struggled and ran naked to the door and shouted, which attracted neighbours who invited the police to rescue her and arrest the pastor,” it was further revealed.
3. Oprite Amakiri
Oprite Amakiri is another man of God that has been arrested for raping a church member.
The ‘feared’ evangelical pastor is facing jail after he used his trusted position to abuse children and adults in his congregation over 20 years, with help from his wife.
The self-styled prophet Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria, was found guilty of the offences against six women and a man, five of whom attended his church.
The General Overseer of Agape Baptist Church, Pastor Oprite Amakiri, has been arrested and detained at the Rumuolumeni Police Division in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The 50-year-old randy pastor confessed to how he deceived a member of his church and raped her 18-year-old sister before he was exposed and dragged to the police.
Amakiri was said to have told about 200 members of his church that he had been battling waste pain for the past two years and stressed that God told him that a girl between the age of 12 and 18 years old would be needed to massage his waste for him to be healed.
4. Williams Okon Bassey
Apostle Williams Okon Bassey of Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church was arrested for allegedly raping his 20-year-old daughter multiple times, which led to three different pregnancies that were aborted by his wife.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko MacDon said Bassey started having sexual intercourse with his daughter in the church vestry at the age of 13, threatening to place a curse on her if she told anyone about it.
His daughter confessed in the statement that the relationship resulted in three pregnancies which were all aborted by her mother, adding that her father always demanded sex from her before paying her school fees or meeting her needs.
5. Chukwudi Chukwumezie
The General Overseer of Mount Zion Ministries, in Obosi, Evangelist Chukwudi Chukwumezie, also known as Agudo Jesus was arrested for raping a minor.
The pastor, who was confirmed by witnesses to have been involved in previous cases of rape, involving minors, was said to have lured the victim to his church, with the prophesy that she had a bright future but was hindered by evil spirits.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who paraded the suspect, told journalists that the police obtained a medical report, showing that the victim (name withheld) had a penetration, and the hymen lacerated.
The victim, a 15-year old Senior Secondary One student according to her had been lured by the pastor into his car, after conducting a deliverance session on her.