SOUTH-EAST NIGERIA – The Police in Anambra State have arrested Ekene Aboji, 35, a prophet with Jesus Miracle Ministry, Ifite-Awka, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old boy after a vigil.
This is just as 37-year-old Olamide Korede, who allegedly raped a lady (names withheld) at a guest house in Ketu, Alapere, was yesterday charged before an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos. Anambra State’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Nkeiru Nwode, said in Awka, yesterday, that the alleged defilement of the boy by the prophet occurred on August19 at the Church premises.
Nwode told newsmen that medical report showed that the victim sustained bruises on his neck and anus, adding that investigations were ongoing. In Nwode’s words:
“This is a case of homosexual and unnatural offence; a situation where you have unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
“The young boy went for the vigil and was asked by the prophet to stay behind since it was late to return home. The boy obliged only to be forced by the suspect, who had carnal knowledge of him through the anus.
“When the police got the information, we swung into action and went to the Church to arrest him, but he had absconded.”
Nwode said that the mother-in-law of the prophet was arrested; and that the suspect was later arrested on August 25, while attempting to settle the matter without involving police.
She described the incidence as “unfortunate” and advised parents to take proper care of their children. However, Aboji denied the allegation, saying he only advised the boy against going home after the vigil for his safety.
The suspect said he was surprised to receive information that some irate youths, wielding dangerous weapons, had stormed his house with the allegation that he raped the minor. On his part, the minor claimed that he woke up from sleep, when the suspected rapist grabbed him by the neck and unbuckled his belt.