About 38 under-aged girls have accused the General Overseer of Tongue of Fire Restoration Ministry, Chukwuma Nkwocha to have slept with them.
Nkwocha, 38, was discovered to have camped and defiled kids aged 10 to 15 and he was said to have lured the girls to his house based on their lack of places to sleep.
The Lagos police team and operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, who arrested Nkwocha on 30 September, during a church service at the church premises located in Sogunle area of the state, acted on a petition that the pastor was camping and defiling girls.
Developments showed that eight more girls on Thursday spoke out, accusing Nkwocha of sleeping with them forcibly in his house.
This brought the number of the girls allegedly abused by Nkwocha to 38.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, told newsmen that a detailed research was carried out in February in all prison facilities in Lagos on sex convicts and inmates awaiting trial for Sexual and Gender Based Violence, SGBV cases.
According to him, the campaign against sexual crime should not be left alone to the women folk.
“All hands must be on deck to frontally address scourge. There would be all male walk in the state to curb the crime during a programme carefully selected and centered on the compelling need to ensure men act as flag bearers in the fight against such crimes.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dolapo Badmos, while confirming the development at the state Secretariat, Alausa, said the Command is set to kick off a month-long awareness campaign against all forms of domestic and sexual violent crimes.
“Religious leaders led the pack in the crime.
“The Command rescued about 30 young girls from the pastor’s custody and two of them acknowledged he had canal knowledge of them. Investigation is ongoing as eight more girl have opened up, making the number of abused girls 38.
“The girls were taken to a private hospital to confirm the allegation if they were actually raped by the pastor and have been taken to the Protective Centre of the State Police Command at Ikorodu.
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