Two Pastors Arrested Over Rape Of Corps Member In Rivers

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Two pastors have been arrested in Rivers State for allegedly raping a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Channels Television learned the 27-year-old corps member is having her primary assignment at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects – Austin Emmanuel and Peter Davies – are currently being detained at the State Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Before the duo committed the act, the Plateau State-victim was said to be a virgin.

Narrating her ordeal, the corps member disclosed that Austin had invited her to come to his house on August 29 which coincided with his birthday, adding that the pastor was later joined by Davies.

According to the victim, there was no reason to be suspicious since she has been worshipping in his church for over five months.

Speaking further, the NYSC member said the last thing she could remember on that fateful day was that the suspects robbed her a certain oil while praying for her and she slept off.

The victim said as soon as she woke up the next day, she noticed bruises on the surface and inside her private part, adding that she felt serious pains within the region.

She further revealed the duo asked her to sow her mobile phone as a seed before they started conducting deliverance on her.

Also, the medical report sighted by Channels Television indicated that the hymen had been torn, with bruises in the labia minora of the pubic region.

Meanwhile, the father of the victim who is a Police officer and her mother is insisting that justice must be served to prevent the further assault of female corps members.

Similarly, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State branch has waded into the matter and has insisted that justice should prevail.

Court Jails Pastors Over Fraud

Two pastors, Glory Abrefera and Vincent Okpogo have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State.

Justice Buba found Misters Abrefera and Okpogo including their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited guilty of a four counts of carrying out banking practice without licence. The accused persons were said to have collected over N1 billion from different individuals and organizations as deposits in an illegal banking practice. They have also failed to account for all the deposits they collected.

Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited was convicted on two counts and fined N2 million on each of the counts. Misters Abrefera and Okpogo, both directors of Mustard Seed Micro Investment limited, were also convicted on two counts and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each. They were equally fined N2 million on each of the counts. The terms are to run concurrently.

The accused persons were said to have sometimes between 2006 and 2007 at Warri, Delta State engaged in banking practice without the required banking license and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 2(2) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3, Vol 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Part of the charges against the accused persons reads: “that Pastor Glory Okeoghene Abrefera, Reverend Vincent Okpogo and Mrs Nonye Abrefera (still at large) whilst being directors of Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited sometime between 2006 and 2007 at Warri, Delta State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court knowingly consented to the carrying on of banking business without a valid licence by the company thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (2) and 49(1)of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act Cap B(3), Vol 2, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

The pastors were arrested following a petition filed by some of the depositors to the EFCC, detailing the dubious activities of the accused persons. The EFCC subsequently intervened, investigated the activities of the voodoo bank and arraigned the suspects in 2011.

Counsel to EFCC, G. K. Latona described the judgment as a milestone in the Nigerian judiciary. He said it was the first time that persons were convicted for carrying out banking practice without the required licence. He said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to other persons engaging in such nefarious activities.