By Jumu’ah Abiodun
The police in Lagos have arrested the founder of a church in the state after a discovery that 15 boys allegedly defiled by him have been infected with HIV.
The police in a statement made available to The Gazelle News by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, revealed that Reverend Prince Ezuma Chizemdere, Founder of ‘Jesus Intervention Household Ministry’ was giving each of the boys N2,000 to sleep with them.
The case was first reported by a Good Samaritan at Ejigbo Police Station on January 22, 2019, and the accused Reverend was charged to court.Police later discovered from further investigations that Rev Chizemdere was part of a syndicate defiling teenagers in the community.
Police said they were on his trail for about three months before he was arrested on March 21, 2009, at about 1 am, when officers laid siege on his residence following information that he used to sneak into the house through the back entrance.
“Having discovered that Police have cordoned his house, the Reverend hid himself in the ceiling for two hours. He was however arrested,” a statement by the Lagos State police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, revealed on Saturday.
The statement further said that, “investigations have it that Reverend Pastor Prince Ezuma brought in about 15 boys into his apartment where he forcefully penetrated them all through the anus. Some members of the neighborhood revealed that the Reverend usually wash six bed sheets daily whenever he brings in little children suspected to be his sex partnersOn further interrogation, the “Reverend” revealed that he is HIV positive and has been receiving treatment for over three years.
“One Ikem Anthony Shedrack, Male,16 years old was one of his customers and was infected by Reverend Pastor Prince Ezuma with HIV around October 2018. The Reverend Pastor Prince Ezuma knew he was HIV positive and deliberately infecting innocent teenagers and adults. He further confessed that he pays the boys two thousand naira (N2000) each, anytime he has carnal knowledge of them. The suspect will be charged to court,” the police statement said.