Festus James, a prophet, has been arrested by the Ondo command of the Nigerian Police Force for allegedly raping an eight-month pregnant woman during a deliverance service.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, disclosed this on Thursday, while parading the suspect at the command headquarters in Akure, the state capital.
According to the Ondo PPRO, James forcefully had sex with the pregnant woman under the pretext of performing spiritual deliverance for her.
Odunlami said: “James from Ibadan in Oyo State went to Agbabu village via Ore, claimed to be a prophet and that the holy spirit directed him to have a three days holy ghost revival in a church in the village.
“The next day, the prophet claimed to have seen a vision concerning a 22-year-old lady who was eight months’ pregnant and told her to wait behind after the programme.
“He took the pregnant lady into one of the rooms in the mission house under the guise of delivering her from an evil spirit and had carnal knowledge of her. The suspect confessed to the crime.”
The suspect, who confessed to having sex with the victim at Agbabu community in the Odigbo Local Government Area of the state, claimed that it was the work of the devil.
He said: “I had sex with her truly, but it was not rape; I did not rape her. I always went there for revival. But honestly, I didn’t know what came over me that caused me to do that. It was the work of the devil.”