Ogun state police command has arrested a 54 year old woman, Idowu
Olupinla pictured right, for allegedly operating a prostitution cartel
with teenagers aged between 14 to 19, right inside her Cherubim and
Seraphim Church at Ijoko-Ota area of the state.
to investigations by the police, the suspect harbors the young girls in
the church premises and arranges for men to have sex with them for a
her before newsmen at the state police command in Abeokuta yesterday
September 4th, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu, said the
young ladies who were found in the church premises have been taken to a
hospital for medical examination.
One of the victims
said many of the girls were from broken homes and sought a place to stay
before they were lured into prostitution by the supposed pastor.
to her, they sleep with men for N500 and give the prophetess N200
commission. The teenager said many of them have had multiple abortions
so as to continue living in the church and that she has had 5 abortions.
lost my father and decided to stay with the prophetess, Idowu Olupinla,
who always prophesied and prayed for me. She said that we should allow
the boys who are members of the church who came for crusade to sleep
with us in the church premises and pay us N500. So I have been staying
with the prophetess for about one year and men have been having sex with
us in the church premises, and I have done five abortions with the drug
that the prophetess gave us. We are almost 10 girls staying in church
of the prophetess as hostages until the police came to rescue us.”
Denying the claims, the suspect said “I don’t know them. I have never
been involved in anything of the sort they said. I never took any money
from them. These are mere allegations against me. I am the founder of
the church. All I know is that everybody is free to come and pray in my
church and bring either the husband or wife along.”
The police says he would soon be charged to court for human trafficking and child abuse.
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