Founder and General Overseer of Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry in Warri, Delta state, Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, was arrested and arraigned in court for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl, within his church hall on Wednesday, May 20.
While taking the suspect to court, the commandant of the Warri Area Command, ACP Mohammed Garba, said the evidence so far collected has proven a case of ra.pe. He said the clergyman invited the victim and her mum to church for deliverance, claiming that he saw a vision of the spirit of death hovering around their family. It was during the deliverance session that he allegedly drugged the victim and then ra.ped her.
Garba said the clergyman went into hiding after he committed the crime but was arrested last Friday, June 5. “I took her to the doctor. He has examined her private part and we have everything to charge this man to court” Garba told The Nation
He dismissed claims made by the clergyman that the police were asking him for a 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.
The accused however denied the allegation, insisting he did not rape her
Commenting on the incident, the state Commissioner for Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, said the law must be made to take its course on the matter.