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[ICYMI] Ekiti pastor sentenced to life imprisonment for raping minor

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A pastor with Winners Chapel Church, Omuo- Ekiti, Enoch Gbinyiam, has been sentenced on a one-count charge levelled against him by an Ado- Ekiti High Court on Thursday for raping a minor in his church.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the State Director of Public Prosecutions, Julius Ajiba, told the court that the pastor raped the daughter of a member of the church during her visit to the vicarage.

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Mr Ajiba described the victim as a regular visitor to the mission house.

According to him, the victim usually visited the vicarage to assist the pastor’s wife with house chores, teach and help his young children in their school assignments.

“It was during one of her visits to the mission house that the defendant sedated a bottle of fanta and offered her to drink.

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“The minor took the fanta and slept off only to wake up and found out that she was bleeding profusely from her vagina.

He said that the pastor was subsequently arrested and charged to Court.

He said that the offence contravened Section 2 of the Gender Based Violence (Prohibition) Law, 2019.

The DPP called four witnesses and tendered two exhibits to prove his case.

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The pastor, who spoke through his counsel, Adeyinka Opaleke, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

He called one witness and tendered an evidence in defence of himself.

But Justice O.I.O Ogunyemi ruled that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Mr Ogunyemi, therefore, convicted the defendant and sentenced him to life imprisonment in a Correctional Centre.

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