Makanjuola Olabisi, an Ilorin-based pastor was arraigned at a magistrate court in Kwara State for allegedly raping three biological sisters after luring them to attend his church.
The Magistrate, Fatimah Salihu, while ruling that the suspect be remanded in prison, noted that his action contravened the penal code law of Kwara State
According to a police report, sometime in 2018, the pastor preached to the victims to be attending his church, the Revolutionary Insight Church, located at Agba Dam, Ilorin.
Prior to the incident, Punch reported that the pastor had proposed to the eldest sister, but she declined. She would later be invited for prayers where she was allegedly raped. In addition, it was alleged that Olabisi raped the victim’s siblings at different times.
The police report reads: “When the complainants (victims) found out that the pastor had been taking sexual advantage of them, they stopped attending the church and that made the pastor threaten that calamity would befall them.”
Olabisi, however, pleaded for mercy, but the court did not oblige.
The prosecutor, Inspector Matthew Ologbonsaye, informed the court of a motion ex parte attached to the charges, urging the court to remand the pastor pending the outcome of the legal advice from the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the state Ministry of Justice.
In view of this, the magistrate, while ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction to take the pastor’s plea, ordered that he should be taken to the Federal Correctional Facility, Ilorin, pending the receipt of advice from the DPP.
The case was later adjourned till September 14, 2022, for further mention in court.