The Ogun State Police Command have arrested a prophet, Dr Michael Adeniran with the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) in Ogun for allegedly impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
Adeniran, who doubles as the founder of the CCC El-Bethel Parish in Itaaka Abeokuta, was arrested on Saturday after the girl’s mother filed a complaint with the police.
According to Punch, the prophet’s teenage victim is a senior secondary class 2 student at Saje High school in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.
Ogun state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the mother of the victim is reportedly the suspect’s lover, and a member of the church.
“Trouble started when the complainant noticed that her daughter was pregnant and mounted pressure on her to disclose who is responsible for the pregnancy.
“The mother, who could not believe what she heard, reported to the police, prompting the Divisional Police Officer, Adigbe division, Onatufeh Omoh, a Superintendent of Police, to detail detectives to effect the arrest of the randy shepherd,” ASP Oyeyemi said.
The police spokesperson further stated that the victim told the police that the suspect lured her into his car on the day she marked her birthday and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her, causing her to lose her virginity in the process.
The suspect also allegedly had sex with the victim a number of times afterwards.
Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the instant transfer of the case to Anti- Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.
“The CP also reiterated his earlier warning to parents to always be watchful of their children in order to prevent them from becoming victims in the hands of people with devilish intention,” Oyeyemi said.
He said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Sex with a minor is regarded as rape under Nigerian law and if convicted, the prophet could face a minimum of 14 years imprisonment.