In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 20th, September, 2020

‘I Wooed Her As a result of Of Her Magnificence’

'I Wooed Her Because Of Her Beauty'

Bishop Stephanus Lucky Enofe

Bishop Stephanus Fortunate Enofe

The identify Bishop Stephanus Fortunate Enofe was solely identified to members of Spirit and Grace Ministry, in Idi-Oro, Mushin space of Lagos, till lately when he was arrested for allegedly defiling a 15-year-old lady and placing her within the household’s manner.

He was alleged to have been sleeping with the Senior Secondary College 2 pupil, who’s a member of his congregation since she was 12.

Enofe, 46, and a father of 4, was alleged to have impregnated the lady through the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic however rushed to pay her dowry in Abia State, on August 26, 2020, when the lockdown was eased, so as to cowl the act.

Report mentioned supposed elaborate wedding ceremony between him and his teenage spouse was billed to carry final Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Lagos, with invitation playing cards despatched out. Nevertheless it by no means did as he spent the day in police custody on the State Prison Investigation and Intelligence Division, SCIID, Yaba.

Nonetheless, on this interview with the 2009 graduate of Worldwide Relations from the Lagos State College, LASU, Ojo, he described as false, information making the spherical that he impregnated the lady.

Crash marriage

He gave motive for his alternative of as spouse, to the failed marriage between him and his first spouse(names withheld).

In response to him: “My first spouse left me three years in the past as a result of she mentioned she didn’t imagine within the doctrine of the church, particularly the Holy Communion, ft washing and anointing oil. I knelt earlier than her, cried and begged her to come back again house however she refused.

“My members of the family and the church’s board begged her to come back again, she refused. We even begged her mother and father to assist pacify her to return to her house, but she didn’t.

“She mentioned the one situation she would return house can be to drop the church’s doctrines and observe hers. At some extent, she switched off her cellphone and couldn’t be reached until date.

“I married her from Assemblies of God Church and he or she believed within the doctrines of our church till she began attending one other church the place she was brainwashed to imagine that the practices of Spirit of Grace Ministry weren’t good.

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“It was by peer stress and influences that she joined some latter day church buildings the place some false prophets gave her false prophecies that somebody needed to kill and take her place within the church”.

Ukandu Joseph, father of

One other marriage

After a lot conviction to get married to a different spouse based mostly on some biblical customary he quoted, he mentioned he prayed till he was satisfied that one of many choristers in his ministry was certified to fill the vacuum left by his first spouse.

Explaining how he went about it, he mentioned, “a person of God mentioned to be a Bishop should have a spouse and the method should be authorized. I needed to look inward for somebody who is aware of the church’s doctrine to take as a accomplice.

“I approached Miss Confidence final 12 months, who mentioned she was 18 years. She instructed me she was not and I requested her to go and pray over it.

“Within the month of February, 2020, she got here again to me and mentioned she had conviction from God to go forward with my proposal.

“I mentioned we needed to take it step-by-step since she was nonetheless at school, as a result of I really like schooling and the place she would assume as a Bishop’s spouse wants an informed particular person that may lead individuals.

“I additionally imagine within the schooling of a girl to the best stage as a result of if a girl is educated, it won’t solely replicate within the kids however the society at giant.”

My attraction

“When she accepted my proposal, I made a decision to make it formal by approaching her father to tell him about my intention, as a result of if I was not quick sufficient, one other particular person may strategy her, seeing she is a very lovely l lady.

“Moreover her magnificence, she met the usual of a godly lady match to be my spouse. She is certified morally and character sensible.

Introduction

“We went to her village in Abia State on August 26, 2020, for the introduction at her father’s insistence, the place an elaborate celebration was held.

“We deliberate to have a thanksgiving celebration on September 12, 2020, in Lagos, to understand God for the journey mercy to the village.

“It was the invitation of the celebration that was posted on social media that folks noticed and concluded it was wedding ceremony invitation. That was how I landed in Police custody.

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“For clarification goal, we by no means had a marriage. I used to be prepared to attend for her till she completed her schooling “, he insisted.

Alleged intercourse

He additionally denied having sexual activity with , not to mention impregnating her. He mentioned: “We imagine in non secular sanctity and the phrase regarding marriage and intercourse.

“The introduction was not a chance for enjoyable play or intercourse. Even once we went to the village, everybody slept collectively in the identical place.

“Moreover, why have intercourse when she goes to stick with me for the remainder of her life? She was nonetheless staying along with her mother and father after the introduction and by no means lived with me as reported”, said the Edo State born Bishop.

Mother and father Place

Shocking, father of , Mr Ukandu Joseph, who was sighted with the Bishop on the SCIID, mentioned he was by no means arrested as reported. Quite he mentioned he determined to share in his son-in-law’s second of problem.

Esther, mom of

Joseph, a dealer at Idumota market debunked claims that his daughter is 15 years. He said categorically that she is 19. When requested the place she was born, he mentioned she was born at house.

He affirmed his consent to the wedding proposal to his daughter by the Bishop, however insisted that his daughter would conclude her schooling earlier than he would enable her to maneuver in with the Bishop.

In response to 40-year-old Joseph, “Confidence is my first youngster. She was born on January 7, 2001, in Mushin, Lagos State.

“My daughter introduced Bishop as a suitor and after a number of discussions, I instructed him I’d need my daughter to finish her schooling earlier than marriage and he mentioned he gained’t interrupt her schooling, since he would profit extra from her literacy as a result of he wanted somebody who’s educated to assist him within the ministry.

“I referred to as my daughter and defined to her that the explanation I needed her to finish her schooling was as a result of I’m not educated and that I needed all my kids to go to high school.

“She instructed me that she introduced the person as a result of Idi-Oro is a ghetto and that she wouldn’t wish to misbehave and convey disgrace to the household.

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“There was by no means a time I kicked towards the wedding proposal. All I insisted on, was that he ought to enable her to conclude her schooling first.

“I additionally learn that I used to be arrested alongside Bishop. I used to be by no means arrested neither was my spouse. We determined to remain right here (in police custody) with the Bishop as a result of the explanation for his detention considerations our daughter.

“We’re prepared to stick with him so long as he’s detained. We gained’t go away him alone, we are going to face the problem collectively”.

Mom speaks

’s mom, Mrs Esther Ukandu, 35, corroborated her husband’s place on the problem.

The girl who attends the Bishop’s church along with her daughter, mentioned she was a part of the reconciliation celebration that begged the Bishop’s first spouse to return to her matrimonial house.

Questioning why the Bishop’s marriage proposal to her daughter generated a debate within the public area, she mentioned, “all I do know is that the Bishop is a Pastor over us and he mentioned he’s considering my daughter and my husband has agreed to it.

“I do know the Bishop was as soon as married and the spouse left when Bishop travelled to Israel. All people had gone to beg her and he or she refused to come again.

“My daughter will marry the Bishop regardless of the current challenges as a result of she instructed me that she’s satisfied about her determination and that marrying the Bishop is the only option for her”.

When requested when the marriage was more likely to happen, she responded, “In the event that they determine to do the marriage after my daughter concludes her secondary schooling, we gained’t object to it, so far as she will proceed her tertiary schooling whereas she is along with her husband”.

In the meantime, the lady on the centre of the controversy has been taken to a authorities’s house at Alapere, whereas Bishop Enofe, as gathered would quickly be charged to courtroom.

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