A 37-year-old pastor, Segun Alawode, has been arrested by policemen in Ogun State for allegedly raping a woman at the premises of Eternal Sacred Order Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Sabo in Odogbolu Local Government Area. Alawode was said to have committed the crime recently during a prayer session with the 32-year-old woman (name withheld).
The pastor was arrested by the anti- crime team attached to Odogbolu Division. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident in a statement yesterday, said the matter would soon be charged to court.
He said: “The victim alleged that the pastor was in a prayer session with her when he asked her (victim) to hold on to some candle stick and suddenly and forcefully pulled off her wears before he eventually had unlawful carnal knowledge of her right in the church.
“The anti-crime team attached to Odogbolu Division of Ogun State Command apprehended him when the victim and her relations stormed the Police Division to notify the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the division of the pastor’s misdeeds and to seek justice from the police.
“The matter is presently at the Anti- Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Abeokuta and medical reports so far received on the matter confirmed that the pastor actually committed the offense and he has since confessed to the crime.”
Meanwhile, the PPRO disclosed yesterday that the anti-crime patrol team deployed to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway had arrested two suspected armed robbers
. The suspects were nabbed at Danco filling station about 11:40 pm on Monday while allegedly blocking the expressway in an attempt to rob commuters and road users. Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol, many live and expended cartridges, sharp knife, cutlasses, hand gloves and assorted charms.
He said: “The suspects arrested are Usman Sunday, 28, of Sabo Dantajira area of Sagamu and Richard Olabode, 27, of the same address. “Usman, who hails from Apa Local Government in Benue State, is married and has two children, and attended Agbele Community High School, while Richard, who hails from Ire, Osun State, attended Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu and a dropout of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Calabar.
“The suspects had been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sagamu Division for preliminary investigation before the matter will be transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta, as directed by the Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, for further investigation.”