Police in Benin, Edo State, yesterday paraded the pastor in charge of Breakthrough Ministry, Mr. Phillips Ogbebor, for sôdomising a 15-year-old boy.
The church is situated at 34, Owina Street, off Sakponba Road in Benin.
The police also paraded 25 other suspects, who were alleged to have committed various crimes ranging from cultism, armed robbery, rápe, murder, pipeline vandalism, unlawful firearm possession to illegal refinery operation.
Ogbebor, who was in chains, was said to have committed the offence almost seven years ago when the boy was 15 years old.
The pastor, who refused to talk to journalists, merely muttered: “Let God judge.”
But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Folusho Adebanjo, told our correspondent that the pastor “was arrested for indecent assault on a boy by making love to him through his anus”.
The victim, now 22 years old, said he met Ogbebor as a member of his congregation in 2007.
The victim, who simply gave his name as Joseph, said he was then a Junior Secondary School II student.
Following the trust that soon developed between Ogbebor and Joseph, the victim alleged that the pastor conducted different rituals with him, using live animals before he placed him on oath just as he continuously had sèx with him through his anus.
Asked why it took almost seven years for him to make his complaint to the police, Joseph said Ogbebor warned him against telling anybody about the relationship between them or else, “I will die the day I tell anybody about it”.