The leadership of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles have suspended indefinitely David Onyekachukwu, the 48-year-old pastor of the church’s Abuja branch who was recently accused of raping and impregnating a 16-year-old orphan.
Few days ago, Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have arrested the Pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM), Gwarinpa Branch, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for alleged crime.
The church while reacting to the news, said Okechukwu is not one of their ordained pastors. It added that investigations so far proves that he indeed sexually assaulted the victim.
The suspect, David Onyekachukwu, from Nsukka, South East part of the country, was said to have volunteered to provide shelter and also conduct deliverance on the girl after she was accused of witchcraft, but thereafter took advantage of the vulnerability of the innocent girl and devoured her sexually repeatedly.The victim, a Junior Secondary School (JSS2) Student of one of the government schools in Abuja, suddenly dropped out of school and was in dare need of accommodation shortly after the death of her parents in 2018.Investigation revealed that the randy Pastor, who lost his wife sometimes ago, was then living with his daughter in the same compound with the victim’s deceased parents in Karmo community in the suburb of Abuja, volunteered to harbour her and assist her in her education so as to give her a fulfilled life.According to the victim, after the first year of their living together, the Clergy man started making love advances toward her, an action she constantly resisted.She narrated that the first time the Pastor raped her was in March this year during her birthday. She explained that the Man had taken her and his daughter out on birthday celebration to some relaxation centres in Abuja. According to her, in the evening, after daughter of the Pastor had gone to bed, he approached her and pounced on her ignoring all pleas for mercy.It was gathered that the Clergy had since continued to rape her at will thereby resulting into pregnancy.During interrogation, the Pastor confessed to have sexually abused the girl only twice and attributing the evil act to the” work of the devil “.He stated that he actually took the girl in to conduct deliverance for her and also enroll her in school having missed school for about two years.“After the deliverance, she has no place to stay, I then took her to live with me and my daughter” the randy Clergyman confessed.In her reaction, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah – Donli, described the action of the man as the highest form of wickedness against fellow human being considering the fact that the victim is vulnerable and a helpless orphan.“I am deeply sad and disappointed by the action of this man who ordinarily ought to have provided hope for the girl by virtue of his position as a clergy. Rather than doing what is biblically expected of him in line with his calling, he abused his position and preyed on the very victim he was supposed to protect.“ Arising from the increased cases of rapes and sexual abuses of female children and even male across the country, I have directed massive sensitization of men folks across the country in order to arrest the situation. This prevailing evil act must stop”, the NAPTIP boss said.She disclosed that the case shall be diligently prosecuted in order to secure justice for the victim.Stella NezanHead, Press and Public Relations Unit