The Chairman of all Bishops in Rivers State, Bishop Chibuike Nwabueze, was paraded by the state Police Command for raping a 15-year old girl who went to him for prayers.
The incident occurred at about 2pm on April 29, at Calvary Army Ministry in Rumuoji Eneka, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The Bishop, who confessed to the crime before newsmen, said he was hypnotised, adding that he was set up by the pastor of the church where the incident occurred.
He denied raping the under aged girl, but admitted that she removed her clothes after he finished praying for her in the office and before he could shout ‘the blood of Jesus,’ he was already all over the girl.
The Bishop said he was set up by his fellow bishop who was also contesting for the post of the Chairmanship of All Bishops in the state with him.
Nwabueze, who was paraded at the Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Port Harcourt, said anybody could have become a victim considering the circumstance. He described as untrue, the allegation that he made the girl abort a pregnancy that resulted from the incident.
According to him, it was the girl’s father who carried out the abortion. However, he admitted taking care of the bill.
In his words, “We have different Colleges of Bishops, I am the Chairman of Communion of Bishops in Rivers State.
Well, what actually happened was a set up. It was set-up by my enemies. The man who is in-charge of where I went to minister is my enemy. He is the person that set me up.
“He invited me to his church for a programme and after the programme, he set me up because we are dragging the chairmanship of the communion and that was why he set me up.
“But to my greatest surprise, on the said day and after I had prayed for her, the girl started pulling off her clothes and before you know it, I had carnal knowledge of her. That is the truth of the matter.
“She laughed at me and said ‘are you angry? I told her that I did not know what she had hypnotised me for and she said I should not bother. I was so angry that I called some of my pastors and confessed that I did not know what happened.”
According to him, it was after a month that the victim’s father called him on the phone, saying that his daughter was pregnant.
Though, the cleric admitted funding the victim’s laboratory test and other hospital bills, he stressed that it was the girl’s father that insisted on abortion, adding that he took her to a clinic, where it was confirmed that the victim had aborted the child.
Meanwhile, the police have advised parents to carefully choose where their children worship and be wary of some clergies.
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