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Prophet, 57, arrested for allegedly raping girl, 15, during a spiritual cleansing in Ogun


A 57-year-old prophet has been arrested and arraigned before an Ogun State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abeokuta for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl whose mother took to his church for spiritual cleansing.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of sexual abuse.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Moshood Hammed, told the court that the clergyman identified as Ebenezer Ogunmefun, who resides at No. 1 Prof. Ajibo Toluca Pioneer Street, Olomore area, Abeokuta, told the victim’s mother that she was possessed by evil spirits and needed to be cleansed thoroughly.

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The clergyman allegedly made the victim swear by the bible never to tell anyone he raped her.

The police prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 33 of the Child Rights Law of Ogun State, 2006.

The clergyman pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The presiding Chief Magistrate, Solomon Banwo, granted the clergyman bail in the sum N750,000 with two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must be the defendant’s spouse and the other must be a community leader.

The case was adjourned till September 2 for hearing.