Pastor Igbonazabi of the Living Word Revival Assembly Church in Egbeda, Lagos was arrested and charged to court with sexual assault and rape of Mrs Esther inside the church premises. Mrs Esther was eight-months pregnant when the incident happened
Due to the forceful penetration by the pastor, she was injured and started bleeding from her private part and was rushed to a hospital where she has been under special intensive care unit until she delivered
Mrs Esther was under intense pressure to withdraw the matter from the court because of the negative image it has on the church, but her husband insisted she must first deliver before he could consider any other thing due to the complication.
Though the church management has sacked Igbonazabi from the church, he is still facing trial at the court for the alleged offence.
When they moved into an apartment inside the church and became a full member of the church, Igbonazabi started pestering Mrs Esther for sex before she became pregnant.
The woman said she was afraid to tell her husband for fear of losing the accommodation offered to her family by the church until the day the pastor allegedly raped her.
The suspect was arraigned before Magistrate’s court sitting in Ejigbo with conduct likely to cause breach of public peace, assault and having forceful carnal knowledge of the victim. He was remanded in prison custody.
The cleric, who hail from Ihiala town in Anambra State and married with four children, allegedly tore Esther’s pant who is married with five children and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her from her back.
Pastor Igbonazabi was said to have had anal sex with the pregnant woman. The police arrested Igbonazabi and charged him to court where he pleaded not guilty.
Igbonazabi had confessed he had been sleeping with Esther in the church premises and denied he raped her as claimed by the police.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E Adeyemi granted the suspects bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and remanded in prison until he will meet his bail conditions.
The matter was further adjourned till 30th January 2017.