The Imo state police command in Nigeria has arrested one Pastor Joseph Anthony of the Living Faith Church in Njaba, a community in the state, for allegedly raping one Favour Chikanma, the 11-year-old daughter of his fellow pastor, Pastor Chukwuma Okoronkwo.
A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, says that Anthony was arrested on July 13.
”PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS REVEALED THAT THE SAID PASTOR CHUKWUMA OKORONKWO ACCOMMODATED PASTOR JOSEPH ANTHONY IN THEIR HOUSE AND ON THE DAY OF THE INCIDENT, THE SAID PASTOR JOSEPH ANTHONY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS AT HOME ALONE WITH THE VICTIM AND HAD CANAL KNOWLEDGE OF HER.
INVESTIGATION IS AT ADVANCED STAGE. HE WILL BE CHARGED TO COURT ACCORDINGLY.” THE STATEMENT READ
In a related development, the police have also arrested a 38-year-old man identified as Ifeanyi Nwaogu, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Chisom Ohanyere.
According to the police spokesperson, on July 4, Nwaogu was arrested for defiling Chisom. Investigation by the police revealed that the victim was running an errand for her mom when the suspect saw her pretending as if he wanted to send her on an errand and then forcefully dragged her into the bush and allegedly had canal knowledge of her.
Ikeowku said investigation has reached an advanced stage and that the suspect will be charged to court soon.