“He raped me from the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted.“ – Victim
*Bishop: I prayed; didn’t rape her
**Police: We have ample evidence against cleric
The General Overseer of Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry, Bishop Orhonigbe Elijah has been docked by the police for allegedly drugging and raping a 19-year-old female member of his congregation.
Niger Delta News learnt that the incident occurred on 20th May, during a ‘deliverance service’ called by Bishop Orhonigbe in the church, but the cleric was only arrested six days ago by detectives.
The victim (names withheld) said Bishop Orhonigbe, lured her by telling her mother that she was under a spell, purportedly from sleeping with an Internet Fraudster (Yahoo Boy).
The fraudster, he claimed, used a handkerchief to wipe off her vagina secretion after coitus. The cleric then claimed that unless a deliverance service is held to break the spell, she would die.
“She went to the church with her mother for the deliverance, but they were told that the deliverance would take four days. So, her mother went home to get clothes and to make food for them,” a family source said.
But the victim said rather than carrying out the deliverance, Bishop Orhonigbe gave her a concoction said to be anointing oil “to drink and also rub on her vagina”.
She said after drinking the oil, she lost her senses and became dizzy. “He (then) started making love to me from the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted. He even said I should come again. I want to be the last he will do this to.”
After the act, she said Bishop Orhonigbe threatened that she would die, if she revealed what transpired to anybody.
The matter was reported at the Area Command Office of the Nigeria Police in Warri. The police invited the cleric, who engaged in a game of hide-and-seek with the police, before he was eventually nabbed by detectives last Friday, June 5.
Bishop Orhonigbe, however, denied raping the victim. “She came to church on that fateful day, May 20. The mother brought her to the church for deliverance and I prayed for her in front of the altar in the presence of three persons.”
“Immediately after the prayer, she left the church around 12, she came back 5 o’clock with policemen and crowd saying ‘this is the man’. If not, I did not rape her.”
The Commander, ACP Mohammed Garba, weighing in on the matter said, “I think what really happened is that the pastor drugged that lady and raped her. I personally took the lady to the hospital because she was in a coma for two days.”
“We looked for this pastor for the past two weeks. Later on, I used my detectives to trace where he hid. I got him arrested and I am charging him to the court.”
“We have evidence to prove rape and we have established that this pastor has raped that girl. We have the pictures. We have examined her. I took her to the doctor. He has examined her private parts and we have everything to charge this man to Court,” Garba said
The victim’s mother (names withheld) corroborated her daughter’s account, insisting that justice must be served to deter others.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, has also waded into the matter. he said, “It’s a case of rape in which the bishop drugged the girl in the pretext of deliverance, when he thereafter, raped her.”
“All efforts to make the Police compromise on the case hit a brick wall because the law of this country is not a respecter of anyone. We remain resolute to be just in our investigation.”
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