Pastor of Holy Ghost Mission Church Ehinogbe, Owo, Ondo state, has been arrested for the alleged rape of an epileptic secondary school girl.
Pastor Peter Alatake, has been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Owo for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl suffering from epilepsy during a ‘deliverance’ session in his church.
Alatake was found to have serially raped the girl between the 15 and 20th of April 2020 which led to complications in her private part and anus as confirmed by a medical report.
According to Police prosecutor, the victim was put in the care of the self-acclaimed pastor last year by her parents to get healing from the epilepsy ailment which she had been battling with for years.
The pastor pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him.
Attorney General and the state Justice Commissioner Adekola Olawoye SAN informed the court of the readiness of the state to take over the case because of the agony and trauma the victim had gone through in the interest of the state.
Counsel to the suspect, Aderemi Adetula pleaded that his client is granted bail given the ongoing decongestion of prisons and promised to provide credible sureties to ensure his available for justice.
The Attorney General, however, did not oppose the bail application noting that “provided the suspect will not jump bail”. In her ruling, Magistrate, Olubunmi Dosumu, thereafter, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.