Pastor Peter Taiwo who is attached to Christ Apostolic Bible Church, has denied raping a 16-year-old choir member in his church in Alaja Oke, Saje area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The cleric stated this after the Ogun State Police Command accused him of conniving with his wife to commit the crime.
Naija News had earlier reported that the spokesperson of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed that the suspects were arrested after the teenager lodged a complaint.
According to BBC, the cleric while narrating his side of the story claimed that he and the teenager fell in love with each other.
He said: “I told her to run away from her boyfriend and ask me anything she needs”
Taiwo who was arrested alongside his wife, Elizabeth who was an alleged accomplice in the rape case disclosed that he got closer to the victim after she sustained a leg injury.
He claimed that he assisted the 16-year-old girl and her parents by paying for her treatment and also praying for her.
The cleric the closeness with the girls family got them attached to the point that the girl has access to his bedroom.
Taiwo said: “She comes to my bedroom, we talk, we chat together. One day when she came in the morning for the treatment of her leg, I call her inside to see her leg, I didn’t know the spirit that came over me as I was checking her leg.
“From that day, she began to send me I love you message and I reply her. I still have the messages on my phone.”
“The time we started, we didn’t have sex but we love each other. Sometimes when she comes, I will tell her to peck me, sometimes we go romance.”
“When we get sexual dis tin, na dat time I tell my wife say I don do something bad. I tell my wife to eep me beg am as me sef dey beg am.”
The pastor’s wife, Elizabeth Taiwo, claimed that she was not aware of her husband’s sexual relationship with the girl.
She disclosed that they have been married for about 15 years with three children, adding that her husband was a bricklayer before he became a pastor five years ago.
According to Elizabeth, the incident happened after the cleric called her to tell the girl to come and run an errand for him.
She said she noticed that the girl was inside for too long, only to find out her husband had defiled her as she walked in to check what was going on.
According to BBC Pidgin, Elizabeth said: “It was about three weeks ago on Wednesday, my husband asked me to call her to come to meet him inside that he wants to send her on an errand, but when I notice she was inside for too long I went inside but to my surprise, I saw the bloodstain on our bed and the girl crying, that was when I realized my husband had defiled her.
“I shouted, cried, and wanted to escalate the matter but my husband begged me not to expose the girl.”
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