“When I started living with him, he makes sexual advances at me, which I recused,” a 13-year-old girl said as she shared her ordeal in the hands of a ‘man of God’.
What started as help, ended up becoming a nightmare to a young girl.
The Abia State Police Command has apprehended a 60-year-old pastor of the Assemblies of God Church, Chukwuemeka Orji.
Orji was arrested for defiling a 13-year-old female domestic worker in the Aba area of the state.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Chinaka Maureen, confirmed Orji’s arrest.
An investigation into the case is ongoing, she said
Orji who had taken the victim from her family members with a promise to sponsor her education, started having carnal knowledge of the minor since she was 12 years old.
The pastor reportedly left bruises on the victim while perpetrating the crime, and subjected her to psychological trauma.
In a bid to silence the victim, the cleric allegedly threatened to stop sponsoring her education.
Also, he threatened to send her back to her family members if she informed anyone about the illicit acts.
Narrating her ordeal in the hands of the pastor, the 13-year-old girl said when she started leaving with Orji, he regularly made sexual advances at her which she refused.
According to her, things took another turn when the pastor allegedly forcefully had carnal knowledge of her sometime in 2022, and afterward, it became a regular act.
A family source confirmed that Orji ran out of luck on Thursday, June 15, 2023, when he attempted to have his way around the minor but discovered that she was on her period.
He was said to have forced the victim to perform oral sex on him and unsatisfied with her performance, he punished the little girl.
The victim later opened up to her school teacher.
That led to Orji’s arrest. He was arraigned at a Magistrate Court sitting in the Aba South Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
The sources said: “Unsatisfied by her performance, he sent her to cut grass at a farm within the church premises as a punishment for being on her period before she was allowed to go to school.
“The victim who could no longer bear the action of the pastor reported him to her class teacher when she got to school.
“The teacher notified the proprietor of the school and the proprietor alerted the Executive Director of Vivacious Development Initiative, Lady Nwosu, who informed a colleague, Chuka Okoye, after which the police were contacted and the pastor was arrested”
Assemblies of God Church Reaction
The pastor was remanded with a bail condition to the Abia State Correctional Centre pending the determination of his cases.
Meanwhile, the Aba District Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church, Revered Don Njoku, in his reaction to the development, said Orji had been sanctioned and expelled from the ministry.
According to Njoku, Assemblies of God is a holy organisation and does not support promiscuity.
This is one of the many cases of abuse both of minors and adults.
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