Evangelist Chukwudi Chukwumezie
According to a report by Independent, the Anambra State police command has paraded the General Overseer of Mount Zion Ministries, in Obosi, Anambra State, Evangelist Chukwudi Chukwumezie, also known as Agudo Jesus, for defiling a minor.
Chukwumezie, who was confirmed by witnesses to have been involved in previous cases of rape, involving minors, was said to have lured the victim to his church, with the ‘prophecy’ that she had a bright future but was hindered by evil spirits.
While parading the suspect, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, told journalists on Wednesday evening that the police obtained a medical report, showing that the victim (name withheld) had a penetration, and the hymen lacerated.
“On 24th September 2019, we got a report from a woman in Obosi police station that the pastor of Mountain Zion Ministry, Obosi had unlawful canal knowledge of her daughter.
“Police officers went to the scene, inspected it and the victim was rushed to the hospital, where a medical report revealed that her vagina was penetrated and laceration of the hymen of the victim occurred. Police went to the hotel and the evidence seen at the hotel corresponded with what the victim told the police” he said.
The victim, a 15-year old senior secondary school student, was said to have been lured by the pastor into his car, after conducting a deliverance session on her.
She narrated the story of what happened in the company of the pastor, “I didn’t know what happened immediately I entered his car, but I regained consciousness in a room, and I was naked, while the pastor was on top of me, and there was blood in my private part” she said.
The Mother of the victim, Mrs. Edith Idika, also confirmed that her daughter was raped. She said she visited the pastor with her daughter when he told her she needed to undergo deliverance session.
“I sent my daughter there, especially as the pastor had said that my daughter had a bright future, but had something covering her. He even said he was ready to train her for us” Idika said.
The suspect, however, denied the allegations, saying he only prayed for the girl, and since she was the last person to leave the church, he decided to drop her off at her house but sped past her house in the process.
He maintained that when he asked her, she confirmed he had passed her house, so he (pastor) had to stop at Nkwo Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point, as he had to withdraw money to pay transportation for church members who were going to the mountain.
Chukwumezie denied having canal knowledge of the minor, stressing that the girl was being used to set him up by another pastor, who was operating at Obosi.