In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, August, 2020

How A Lord’s Chosen Church ‘Pastor’ Tricked Us To Impregnate Our Teenage Daughters

How A Lord's Chosen Church 'Pastor' Tricked Us To Impregnate Our Teenage Daughters

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Weeks after the scandal went viral, a younger man popularly generally known as ‘Pastor’ Nduka Anyanwu, who’s on the centre of the soiled drama remains to be in police custody for allegedly raping and impregnating two sisters aged 17 and 13. After weeks of going backwards and forwards on the matter, mom of the victims gave Saturday Solar particulars of how their as soon as revered man of God tricked her and her husband to have his means with their teenage women.

When his deeds had been uncovered, Anyanwu said that he wished the older lady to maintain her being pregnant as a result of he desires to marry her however the youthful one ought to abort hers. He revealed that sexually defiling the youthful lady was a mistake, which he regrets despite the fact that he had carnal information of her many occasions.

In response to studies, Anyanwu is a minister of the gospel on the Lord’s Chosen Church, Canaan land department, Oshodi, Lagos. He has been sexually defiling the youthful lady since she was nine-years-old and the older lady since she was 16 below the pretext that she had a religious mark on her physique that repels good issues and the one option to take away the mark was to have intercourse along with her.

Drama, nevertheless, ensued when a staff of advocates from Cease The Abuse Basis and Baby Advocates and Weak Particular person’s Community tried to get him arrested with the assistance of policemen from Makinde Police Station, Oshodi.

The dad and mom of the victims adamantly resisted the arrest of the alleged rapist as a result of he’s a person of God who had already promised to marry their older daughter. In a video that went viral some weeks in the past, the mom of the victims was seen making an attempt to cease law enforcement officials from arresting Anyanwu despite the fact that the feminine police officer stored pleading along with her to permit them do their job.

How my household was deceived –victims’ mom

When Saturday Solar visited the mom of the victims, Mrs. Amaka Onyeji at their one room residence in Oshodi, Lagos, to get updates on the unfolding matter, she broke down in tears.

A mom of eight, Onyeji advised Saturday Solar amidst tears, “It’s a actually lengthy story and a really painful one. As I’m speaking to you now, my coronary heart is damaged. I can’t discover my daughters. God assist me, I haven’t executed any evil.”

Onyeji mentioned she had been going spherical  authorities workplaces at Alausa to get her youngsters again in her care however all her efforts have been futile.

“I’m simply getting back from Alausa now in search of my youngsters. This problem is past what I can management as a result of human rights advocates are concerned in it. They publicized the matter.” She mentioned she has been visiting her husband in Panti to provide him meals as a result of he was locked up with the alleged rapist however the price of transportation has made her visits inconsistent.

Onyeji, who was making ready beans as on the time this reporter obtained to her residence mentioned she could be collaborating of the meals to Panti for her husband. She mentioned that the problem is taking a toll on her and her remaining six youngsters since she doesn’t have sufficient time to cater for them.

The mom of eight mentioned throughout her final go to to Alausa, she was suggested to get a lawyer however the lawyer that’s serving to her referred to as her and said that he’s bored with the case already. The lawyer who had promised that the entire problem will subside this week advised her that it’s not doable as a result of the case had been taken over by Lagos State authorities. He mentioned it’s not within the arms of human rights organizations or the police.

Her regrets

As a mom whose daughters had been taken away from her, Onyeji resides with regrets. She advised Saturday Solar that she regrets ever welcoming the pretend pastor round her household. She famous that the accused is a pal of the household as a result of he’s a member of the church department the place her household worships.

“Now we have identified him for greater than seven years. He visits us, prays for us and preaches to us. That man deceived me. He introduced an ID card to indicate that he belongs to the pastorate. He wore Chosen church jacket. He mentioned that the Normal Overseer of the church had appointed him to conduct household liberation for church members.”

In response to Onyeji, the accused mentioned the church gave him a automotive instantly he grew to become appointed as a pastor. He additionally advised her that one Pastor Herbert at Ijesha pays him month-to-month for his pastoral duties.

The mom of the victims mentioned that the accused is a well-liked particular person within the space generally known as a pastor who involves preach to her household, and others within the compound. He’s additionally identified for morning cry and participation within the church publicity.

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“He really advised me that he would marry my first daughter and I advised him that the lady remains to be too younger to marry as a result of she’s 17. She’d be 18 by subsequent month so I advised him to attend so she will be able to sit for her WASSCE examination by subsequent 12 months and he can resolve to marry her, as a result of by then, she could be 19. That was our settlement, even my husband agreed to that. He even promised to sponsor her College training and in addition pay for her WAEC examination charges.”

Wiping her eyes, Onyeji mentioned she had no concept that the ‘pastor’ was already having carnal information of her daughters and was shocked that her youthful daughter, who’s simply 13 years previous can also be being molested by the identical man.

She famous that the error she made was to permit her daughters go to the person at his residence in Arowojobe Road the place he allegedly raped the duo repeatedly whereas threatening her youthful daughter with dying if she speaks up.

“I warned my women to cease visiting him however he’ll complain to my husband that I’m stopping my youngsters from listening to the phrase of God and dwelling a righteous life. He claims that he’s instructing them to concern God and that if I cease them, they could finish up following hoodlums. As soon as he says that, my spirit could be overcome with concern and I do know little one just isn’t educated by just one particular person. I by no means knew I had entered into one likelihood. The key problem now’s that they by no means advised me something. If that they had, I might need discovered an answer on time.”

Talking on her response in the course of the arrest of the younger man, she mentioned that she wasn’t making an attempt to cease the police officer from arresting the offender however was overwhelmed with the tempo at which her life tumbled. As at then, she didn’t perceive what was happening. She mentioned she was blocking the police officer to not arrest the person in order that they will settle the matter amicably.

When Saturday Solar requested her how she obtained to know that the women had been pregnant, Onyeji mentioned  she observed that the women had not requested for cash to buy their sanitary pads for his or her month-to-month move and when she requested them what the downside was, her elder daughter advised her that it may be that they’ve an infection and that she ought to nonetheless maintain on first.

Onyeji mentioned she determined to take them to the well being centre to discover a treatment for the ‘an infection’ solely to find that they had been each pregnant. The nurse on responsibility provided to assist and referred to as a human rights group.

“Whereas we had been on the hospital, my elder daughter advised me to not conduct being pregnant check on her youthful sister as a result of she believes that her youthful sister remains to be a virgin. It’s shocking that, despite the fact that they each go to the person at house, my elder daughter had no concept that the person was raping her youthful sister. He would preach to us like a saint however go behind and molest my daughters.”

For Onyeji, participating in spiritual actions is off her agenda for now. She said that she is going to by no means belief anybody once more or return to church as a result of the belief she has within the church is gone. 

“This man wronged me. If I chased him away, it could be as if I’m placing God distant from my household. As I’m now, this problem has introduced disgrace to me and my household. My neighbours mock me and snigger each time I move by.”

She said that despite the fact that some members of the church have visited her to seek out out what occurred the pastor of the department the place she worships has not contacted her.

Lord’s chosen church disowns ‘pastor’

Spokesman of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Ijesha, Pastor Louis Chidi mentioned that Anyanwu just isn’t a pastor however a member who’s a mechanic by occupation. He said that Anyanwu is a household pal of the affected victims who pays their home hire recurrently and in addition assists them financially. 

In response to a press launch issued by the church, “Our consideration has been drawn to the story which has gone viral on social media, of 1 Mr. Nduka Anyanwu who claimed to be one among the Pastors of the Lord’s Chosen Church and who allegedly defiled two minors from the identical dad and mom. We, the pastoral council of the Lord’s chosen Ministry after thorough and conscientious verification want to state categorically that the mentioned Nduka Anyanwu just isn’t and has by no means been enlisted in our pastoral workforce.”

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Supply: Saturday Solar

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