A pastor at Chosen Family Ministry, (Fayegbami) in Ile-ife, Osun state, Mr. Tosin Odeyemi has been arraigned before an Ile-Ife Magistrate’s court for allegedly having carnal knowledge of an undergraduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, simply identified as Jolayemi Babalola.
The pastor, aged 31, said to be the first son of the Deputy Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Diran Odeyemi, was accused of sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl by severally inserting his fingers in her private part.
It was also alleged that Pastor Odeyemi forcefully had sexual intercourse with the victim.
Miss Babalola has just moved to 200 level in the university after finishing her second term examinations for the 2016/2017 academic session last month.
When the matter was mentioned before the court on February 28, 2018 for mention, the prosecutor, State Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye said the accused was standing trial for a one-count charge of sexual assault.
Ogunleye argued that the incident happened around March 2007. But the accused pleaded not guilty.
The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads, “That you Tosin Odeyemi, did sometimes in the month of March 2017 at noon at the Chosen Family Fayegbami Ministry Church Ile Fun fun area, Alakowe layout, Ile-Ife unlawfully and indecently assault one Babalola Jolayemi by inserting your fingers into her private part in the Church without her consent contrary to and punishable under section 360 of the Criminal code, cap 34, volume II, laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.”
The defense counsel however reminded the court of a bail earlier granted the accused on the sum of N200,000 and a grade level 5 civil servant as his surety.
The Magistrate, Mrs Adejumoke Ademola-Olowolagba thereafter adjourned the case till March 28, 2018 for hearing.
Meanwhile, Eastern Reporter reliably gathered that the pastor had warned the girl not to reveal what transpired between them to anyone and threatened to kill her if she divulged her ordeal.
According to the mother of the victim, Mrs Elizabeth Babalola, who until late last year, was a worker in the church, the alleged rape experience made the young girl to severely suffer psychological trauma, as she became moody and ostracised.
The victim’s mother said: “The pastor did what he did to my daughter knowing full well that I don’t have anybody, he believed he could oppress me with impunity.
“I did not discover the heinous act on time despite her sudden change in behaviour immediately the incident happened, she became moody and started acting very strange.
“I thought she will change when she got admission, but that did not happen until I was called that she slumped and passed out on campus one fateful day.
“It was when she was revived that she opened up that the pastor sexually abused her and threatened that she would die if anybody hears about it.
“This is indeed strange and unbecoming of a man who claimed to be a servant of God, I believe my daughter will get justice,” she narrated while sobbing profusely.