A 49-year-old pastor, Jonah Agbenor from Delta State, has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.
According to reports, the pastor of the a popular Pentecostal Church, sexually molested the young girl on several occasions, threatening her with death if she spoke out.
Israel Joe, a human rights activist, stated that the event has shocked the community because the pastor is a close friend of the victim’s father.
Israel Joe took to Facebook to share the following message:
“A 49 Years (name of church withheld) Pastor, Jonah Agbenor has allegedly defiled a 10 years old girl repeatedly. We have been on his trail since Thursday last week and he was finally arrested and he is currently detained at Otu-Jeremi Police station.
“The incident which took place at Ekrokpe community, Ughelli South Local Government Area has left the area in absolute shock because the pastor is a very close friend to the father of the little girl.
“More than 15 pastors have been prevailing on us to put the issue aside and allow God be the judge but I asked if he realised God would judge when he was everyday sexually abusing the little girl with threats that if she spoke out she would die.
“I, at this point call on the DPO Otu-Jeremi never to compromise the investigations as we are no longer comfortable with his plea for peace. It is a criminal offence and should be transferred to state Headquarters for further investigations and prosecution.
“Being a pastor does not keep one immune from issues of criminal prosecution. Thanks to our Cdhr Orhuvworun/Usiefrun unit for following up this matter from day one. Let’s collectively tell the Police DPO 07065959504 to do the needful.”
The Facebook message was posted by Comr. Israel Joe, Secretary CDHR,