A 23-year-old former assistant pastor has told the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, Lagos State how embattled bishop Oluwafeyiropo Daniels allegedly raped her twice.
The female pastor testified on Tuesday for the prosecution at the bishop’s trial. She was led in evidence by Lagos State counsel, Mr Babajide Boye.
The witness, who is a former assistant pastor of the church’s branch in Akungba, Akure, told the court presided over by Justice Ramon Oshodi that her first encounter with the bishop was on May 28, 2018, when he visited Akure for a programme.
The victim who was led in examination in chief by the Lagos State prosecution counsel, Mr Babajide Boye, testified that subsequently, she became a member of the church and at some point when her pastor, Toyosi Bamishe, needed to hand over to Pastor Boluwatife Oladejo, she was made the Assistant Pastor.
She said that on June 21, 2020, the defendant ordered her to come to the sitting room for her report of the church and then he showed her the plans he had for the church in the next five to 10 years.
The victim said after that she was listening to a message by a prominent Pentecostal pastor on television when he came back to the sitting room and ordered her to take off her clothes.
According to her, the defendant increased the volume of the television, and he also went naked and raped her for about 30 minutes till she started bleeding and sustained tears despite not being a virgin.
“He pinned me against a three-seater couch and raped me. He was bigger than me and I was bleeding from my private part.
“I was begging him, but he didn’t listen. I told him I was bleeding he said he knows that I should shut up.
“When he was done, he ordered me to go wash up immediately. He collected my phone and said I should not tell anybody about it and that the day I tell anyone, I will run mad.”
Justice Oshodi has adjourned till May 24 and 25 for the continuation of trial.