One Reverend Ezuma Chizemdere has been arrested for allegedly having sex with teenage boys and infecting one of them with deadly virus, HIV.
Chizemdere, founder of Jesus Intervention Household Ministry in the Ejigbo area of Lagos, is said to be a member of a group that lures young boys and have anal sex with them in the area.
Reports say a case of defilement had been reported at the Ejigbo Police Station on January 22, 2019, which led to the arrest of one of the members of the syndicate, one Prince Chinecherem.
Chizemdere had fled the area but was arrested on March 21, 2019, when he sneaked into the neighbourhood at midnight.
Bala Elkana, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Friday, said investigation by the command revealed that Chizemdere had molested 15 boys.
He confirmed that the reverend lives with HIV and infected one of his victims, 16-year-old Shedrack, with the virus. He added that he paid the boys N2,000 per session.
“On 22 January 2019, a case of defilement of a minor (name withheld) by penetration was reported by a good Samaritan at the Ejigbo Police Station. Subsequent upon which one Prince Chinecherem was arrested and charged to court. Investigation carried out revealed that one Reverend Prince Ezuma Chizemdere, the founder of Jesus Intervention Household Ministry was part of the syndicate defiling teenagers in the community.
“He had been at large for about three months. On March 21, 2019, around 1am, police laid siege to the reverend’s residence based on the strength of information gathered that he often sneaked into the house through the back entrance. Having discovered that police had cordoned off his house, he hid himself in the ceiling for two hours. He was however arrested.
“Investigation revealed that he brought in about 15 boys into his apartment where he forcefully penetrated them all through the anus. Some members of the neighbourhood revealed that the reverend usually washed six bed sheets daily whenever he brought in little children suspected to be his sex partners.
“On further interrogation, he revealed that he is HIV positive and has been receiving treatment for over three years. One 16-year-old Shedrack was part of his victims and was infected with HIV around October 2018,” Elkana said.