A 35-year-old Pastor, Yakubu Izang, was Friday remanded in prison by an Upper Area Court in Jos for allegedly defiling two underage girls.
The accused, who resides at Yan-trailer area of Jos, was arraigned for allegedly defiling the minors, who were entrusted to his care for special prayers.
He had told the girls’ elder brother, Victor Dabang, that the girls needed to be exorcised with special prayers.
According to the police First Information Report (FIR), the accused committed the offence on June 12. The report said that on Sept. 17 at about 1.30 p.m. Victor Dabang of Gwafang village near Jos, reported the matter at the Nasarawa Gwom Police Station.
It said the accused convinced the complainant to hand over his sisters to him for special prayers.
“The pastor told the complainant that there is oil he will rob on the girls’ bodies and the demons will cast out.
“Luck, however, ran out on the accused when the elder sister of the minors visited them in the house of the pastor to see how they were faring.
“The pastor made love advances to the elder of the sisters, who turned him down and reported the matter to her elder brother,” the report said.
It stated that when the elder brother became suspicious of the activities of the pastor, he quizzed the minors, who confessed that he had been defiling them.
The report said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 275 of the Penal Code, but the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail.
The police prosecutor, Mr Gokwat Ibrahim, objected to the bail application on the grounds that the matter was still under investigation.
Ibrahim said that if granted bail, the accused would tamper with police investigation.
The presiding officer, Malam Mustapha Hassan, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, and adjourned the case to Oct. 4 for hearing.