One Prophet Ikechukwu Nwadike has been arrested over the alleged rape and other indecent sexual acts against an 11-year-old girl in the sleepy Umuazu village in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Prophet was said to have moved into the premises of Ichie Otutu Muonwem of Umuazu Uke about four months ago in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic and converted the place to his worship centre.
Speaking with newmen, the mother of the victim, Mrs Peace Ejikeme, a 42-year-old widow who lost her husband to an accident in 2014, said Prophet Nwadiken drugged and raped her daughter during deliverance after he told her that the girl was possessed by two demonic spirits.
“On September 17, the prophet gave a prophecy about my daughter that two spirits, a demonic spirit and a heavenly spirit, were fighting to gain control of her life and that there was an urgent need to separate her from the evil spirit.
“The pastor said I should send her for a midnight deliverance. It was therefore shocking to hear from my daughter on her return that she will not go to that pastor and his church anymore. As she was narrating her ordeal of rape, I broke down in tears.
“When confronted, the pastor denied the act, saying he only rubbed oil all over her body. I asked him why did he want to destroy my child when he has his own, he then fell on his knees begging for forgiveness, that it was temptation and he would never repeat it again,” she said.
The mother further alleged that the pastor administered some concoctions laced with Indian hemp on her daughter, which made her drowsy for some days.
Incensed by the allegation, youths in the area mobilised to have the pastor arrested. He was arrested and detained at the Zone 13 headquarters in Dunukofia.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkiru Nwode, said the matter was still being investigated and the suspect would be charged to court after investigations were concluded.
Meanwhile, Police have also arrested a prophet identified as Ayetare Sunday who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and performed fake miracles in Ondo State.