Police Arrest Ogun Prophet For Alleged Rape Of 17-Year-Old Church Member

A file photo of women protesting against rape in Lagos

Tayo Shobowale, a prophet in charge of the Cherubim and Seraphim church, Oke-Igbala, Ifo, Ogun State has been arrested by the police for allegedly having unlawful sex with a 17-year-old female member of the church.

The 50-year-old prophet was arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command following a report lodged with the Family Support Unit of he Ota Area Command by the victim.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the prophet took advantage of her while she was at the church for prayers.

Oyeyemi said, “The victim reported that sometime in March 2021, the prophet invited her to the church for prayer and that the prophet took advantage of her being alone with him in the church to forcefully have unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“The victim further stated that after the illicit affair, the prophet ordered her to take a spiritual bath in the church with an already prepared candle, which he rubbed all over her body.

“Since then, the victim complained that she had been having spiritual attack, which always make her fall down and remain unconscious for hours.

“Upon the report, the Area Commander, Ota, ACP Muhideen Obe, detailed his Family Support Unit to the scene, where the randy prophet was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect initially denied the allegations, but when he was confronted by the victim, it was very difficult for him to absolve himself of the allegations.”

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