A man has been arrested for raping a 5-year-old girl inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God (Redemption Pavilion) in Lagos state.
The police at MAN Centre Division led by CSP Tanaruno Folashade arrested the church worker identified as, Saviour Udoh, for the despicavble act.
The incident happened at the church in Oshifila Street, Anifowoshe in Ikeja, Lagos where the mother of the victim took her for prayer and protection.
It was gathered that the mother of the victim took her to the church and went to work with the intention that she will be safe there before she will take her back home.
However, when the mother came to pick the victim, she met Udoh with the victim where they were sleeping and covered themselves with clothes which they used during the romp.
When the mother took the 5-year old victim home, she was busy putting her hand inside her private part because of the sperm drifting from it. The mother then suspected her action and checked her private part only to discover that she had been defiled. She asked her who did it and the victim mentioned Udoh.
The matter was reported to the MAN Centre Police Station and Udoh was arrested. The matter was later transferred to the Gender Section of the State Command for further investigations.
Police source said that Udoh admitted but claimed that it was the devil that pushed him to do so inside the church. The police found him culpable and charged him before Ogba Magistrates Court for defilement.
The court did not take his plea and did not grant him bail. The prosecutor, Supol E Ayorinde, informed the court that it was a case of defilement which was a capital offence and needed DPP advice.
Thus, the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O .Osunsanmi, ordered him to be remanded in prison without an option of bail.
The court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to DPP for advice.
The matter was adjourned till 6th February, 2019, when the court expected the DPP report to be available.
However, the matter may be transferred to the High Court if the DPP finds him culpable for the alleged offence. He may spend many years in prison if he is tried and found guilty by the court because of the nature of the offence.