“Men of God, men of rape” how genuine are some of these men of God? Rape cases committed by them have been on the increase. That aside, divorce cases have also taken a rise amongst men of God. Pastors Christ Oyahkilome and Christ Okotie readily come to mind. At the last count, Pastor Christ Okotie has divorced two women. Odumegwu Onwumere, a poet, writer and investigative journalist, compiled a list of media reported cases of rape amongst some men of God. See his write up below. C.V.Akuta Radio Show, Leicester UK interviewed him. Click below and hear what he said.
“On Thursday, 21 February 2013, members of Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Abeokuta, arrested a pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, for supposedly raping a 12-year old housemaid.
According to Vanguard, the pastor, who was an interpreter with the church, committed the crime in his home at 6, Shamusideen, Oke-Sokori area of the town, while his wife was said to have been away. After the show of shame, the girl reported the incident to her parents, hence his arrest.
P.M.NEWS had a headline, “Pastor Rapes Pastor’s Wife Inside Church”. There are others like, “MONSTER: Pastor Poured Anointing Oil On Girl’s Private Part And Raped 16-Yr-Old To “Cleanse Her From Evil Spirits”.
“Pastor Atunde of Light of Hope Orphanage Ogun State, accused of raping minors at orphanage,” (Punch).
“Raping of under aged, and Sodomy with under aged children. The story of “Men of God” in Nigeria, Bishop Chibuike Nwabueze, Chairman of the Communion of Bishops in Rivers State, confesses to raping 15 year old girl,” (Vanguard).
“General Overseer of the Jesus Army of Salvation Ministry Imo: Pastor Chukwunonso Okudiover arrested for allegedly raping 14-year-old boy”; “Pastor, 42, charged with raping 12-year-old girl”, Pastor Emmauel Mathew, 50, docked for allegedly raping three primary school pupils in Abuja.” (Premium Times).
“General Overseer of Mountain Movers Fire Ministries International Abuja: Pastor Princewill, accused of raping 14-year-old, granted bail”; “Christ Apostolic Church pastor, Ilesanmi Emmauel, remanded pastor for alleged rape of church member.” (Premium Times).
“Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, pastor, nabbed over alleged rape of 12-yr-old housemaid”; “Deeper Life Bible Church pastor, Eze Fidelis, confesses to defiling small girls”; “Police parade gay Pastor, Philips Ogbeborfor, alleged rape of member.”(Vanguard). Odumegwu Onwumere