Police in Ogun have arrested a 54-year-old self–acclaimed Pastor, Niyi Omowodun, for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld) in Itele -Ota, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, who is a resident of Ejigun Agbede Itele Ota, was arrested following a complaint by the father of the victim, who reported the matter at the Itele Divisional Headquarters.
The complainant had told the police that he got a call from one of his neighbours that his daughter had been sexually abused by the suspect.
He alleged that the suspect, who is a neighbour, was caught in the act.
State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said following receipt of the report, the DPO Itele Division, Monday Unuigbe, deployed detectives to search for and apprehend the suspect.
Oyeyemi said the suspect, who claimed to be a pastor in charge of Helmet of Life International Church, Itele – Ota, confessed to having had carnal knowledge of the girl.
The PPRO said, “On interrogation, the suspect who claimed to be a pastor at Helmet of Life international church confessed having unlawful carnal knowledge of the little girl.
“He (suspect) stated further that he lured the small girl into an uncompleted building in the area, when the girl was going on an errand. When asked whether he has no wife, the suspect explained that he has separated from his wife since 2016.”He added that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.