11th November, 2014
The pastor in charge of Hepzibah Assembly of all Nations International, located at 2 Arogbo Lane, off Odunbaku Street, Iju Ishaga, Pastor Solomon Eze, 32, a native of Eka, Delta State, southsouth Nigeria, has been sent to prison for indecently assaulting an 11-year old girl in Iju Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
Pastor Eze was alleged to have told the mother of the victim that there is an arrow of death in her house and she must move out to avoid death.
The woman moved into the church with her children to stay and Pastor Eze, according to the complainant, indecently assaulted and also impregnated her 11-year-old daughter.
Trouble started when the woman noticed some strange behaviour by her daughter who complained of stomach pain and showed signs of malaria.
According to the mother, she contacted a nurse who then treated her for malaria, but the sickness continued until she underwent a scan and it was discovered that she was pregnant.
When the mother asked who was responsible, she said it was Pastor Eze. It was discovered that the girl was two months pregnant and when pressed further, she revealed that Pastor Eze gave her holy water to drink and also gave her a red substance to rub on her face.
She added that she became unconscious only for her to see Eze atop her. When she wanted to scream, she said he used his hand to cover her mouth before having sex with her, and told her she will die if she tells anyone.
The matter was reported at Iju Police Station and after investigation Pastor Eze was arraigned at a Snr Magistrates’ Court, Abule Egba.
The prosecutor, Inspector Rachael Williams, told the court that sometime in August, 2014, Pastor Eze unlawfully and indecently assaulted the victim by forcing her to drink what he described as holy water and gave her a red substance that looked like blood to rub on her face.
He pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge and the presiding magistrate, Mr. T.A. Elias, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution and adjourned the case till January 2015