A 17-year-old young lady yesterday uncovered how a minister
of the Living Faith Church otherwise known as Winners Chapel tricked her into drinking liquor and from that point took her on a very nearly a closure se-xual journey. The suspect, who heads the Amagba people group part of the congregation, Pastor Kingsley Emeka Mokwunye, has been captured by the Edo State order of the Department of State Services (DSS) for the supposed defilement of the young lady.
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The DSS also arrested Mokwunye’s wife for being an accomplice. The pastor, who is very close to the girl’s family, had capitalised on the regular absence of her parents to lure her into sex romps at different hotels and even in her father’s house. The girl, who is the only daughter of her parents, also narrated how Mokwunye introduced her to drinking alcohol and in the process had sex with her several times.
But a senior pastor of the Winners Chapel, who pleaded anonymity, said the church was still investigating the matter. Speaking to journalists in Benin, the girl disclosed that the pastor slept with her in her father’s house. The teenager fought tears while narrating how the illicit affair began in September last year shortly after she finished her secondary education. She said: “He used to call me to advise me to stay away from boys; to live a good life and always respect my parents. I took it like he was my own father that I could trust and tell him anything I want to say.”
While giving reasons for blowing open the secret love affair with the man of God, the girl said she wanted to leave the state for lack of concentration, pointing out that she wanted Mokwunye to be sent to jail. She added: “That was how he started calling me; talking to me till it got to a time he told me that he liked me. I took it as a normal thing. “He started taking advantage of me. He told me I did not know what he was doing for me.
He started showing me things I have not seen before and took me to places I have never been to. That was how it started. He was the first person to show me how condom looked like. He taught me how to take alcohol. “He told me not to tell my parents. He said they would not understand what he was doing. He slept with me many times including in our house when my parents were not at home.” The girl, however, said the relationship had impacted negatively on her academic performance. She said: “Thinking about the thing has affected me educationally.’ I could not read. The whole thing is disturbing me. When I told his wife, she said I was lying and told me to come to their house and repeat it before her husband.
“I want Pastor Kingsley to go to jail. I was always shocked anytime I am in church and see him preach. I was afraid of telling my mother what was happening.” The girl’s father, Mr. Paul Obidah, is the board chairman of the Amagba branch of the church. Obidah, who said he had been in the church for 27 years, expressed shock that a pastor he trusted so much could destroy his only daughter. He said what pained him most was that Mokwunye had s-ex with his daughter in his house and even when his daughter was having her ‘monthly flow’.
The father said he wanted justice in the case. He said: “I have been in the church for the past 27 years. I started the church in Kaduna State. Abioye led me to Christ. I have been in Kaduna all these years. It got to a time I decided to relocate home. “We have been in Benin serving God with our heart.
Many pastors have come to the branch and gone. I see the pastors as Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith. There was a day Pastor Kingsley came to my house, I could smell alcohol from his breath. “One day, his wife came and said she wanted to see our daughter.
I left her to discuss. I heard my daughter tell her she had something to tell her. The next day, the woman came and told me she had seized her husband’s phone because of the calls her husband was making to my daughter. I just said maybe it was a family friend’s matter. She said he went to pick my daughter at school, I said maybe he bought her ice cream. “I was sleeping when something struck me to ask my daughter what was happening. I asked her to open up to me. She began telling me how the pastor used to make love to her in my own house; the different hotels he took her to. She said it was a burden to her.
She said she did not know what the pastor gave to her. “This is a pastor we trusted. We talked and did everything as a family. I didn’t know he had been doing this nonsense in my house. This is a girl that does not go out. She has been in boarding house. We don’t send her to the market. He slept with her even when she was having her menstrual flow. “What I want my daughter to be, this man has destroyed her. He has brought shame to our house. That was why we cried out. He does not have children. Pastors Kingsley took detectives to all the hotels he has been taking my daughter to. I want justice to be done. I took him as my spiritual father. My family loves God but I want justice. My daughter has lost concentration.
This has been a burden to her. I want the authorities to prosecute Pastor Kingsley. I have reported to head Pastor in Edo State and he said he was not in support of Pastor Kingsley.” The girl’s mother, Glory, described the entire incident as a sad and unacceptable evil. She said: “It was my daughter who called his wife to say she had something to tell her. She had been afraid mostly seeing the man on the altar preaching that nobody can dare him. Anybody that dares him will die.
My daughter was in shock. The first thing that crossed my mind was the shame in the community. How will the church take it? “There was a time a girl in the church cried out about the pastor. They told her not to say such things about the pastor. I was saying pastor cannot do that but it now came to my doorstep. They are all covering up things.”