A 62-year-old supposed man of God, Pastor Isaiah Ojo, the founder and General Overseer of Day Spring Family Chapel, Egbeda, Ibadan, in Oyo State, has been apprehended by the State Police Command for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old daughter of his friend and fellow pastor in his church, Tribune reports.
It was gathered that during the incident which took place on May 9th, the cleric allegedly took the child and laid her on the altar of the church where he had carnal knowledge of her. The girl’s vagina was reportedly badly torn by forced penetration and as a result, she was still bleeding profusely by May 13th, leading to her family believing he could have raped her for ritual purposes.
The girl whose name was not mentioned, was reported to be playing in the church premises with her younger brother when the pastor allegedly lured her into his church and raped her.
Knowing that his deed was shameful, Pastor Isaiah Ojo stammered and stumbled over words in his attempt to explain what he did to the minor to Nigerian Tribune. Several times, he swallowed hard and muttered ‘Oh! God’ as he talked. According to him:
“The little girl and her younger brother used to come to me to play. Her father is a close friend of mine.
“On Monday May 9, I was in my church premises when she came with her brother. The girl went to lay on the rug on the altar and told her brother that her private part was itching, asking him to come and lay on her. They used to play on the rug before then.
“I went near them to ask what was wrong with her. I had to use my hand to help her scratch her private part. After that, the girl said: “Daddy Dayspring, come and lay on me also. When I moved nearer, I could not do anything with her; I did not insert my penis in her vagina.
“What happened next was that I brought my penis out but I could not penetrate her because her vagina was tight. My intention was to touch her, not to damage her. When I saw that her vagina was very tight, I withdrew my penis and left. There was no blood at that time. I don’t know how blood came out of her”
When asked when last he had sex with his wife, he said six months ago, adding that it was for health reasons. He, however, denied having sex with the girl for ritual purpose as alleged, saying she was young enough to be his granddaughter.
The victim also narrated how she was defiled by Pastor Isaiah Ojo. Hear her:
“Daddy Dayspring is my father’s friend. On Monday, my younger brother and I went to greet him. While my brother was playing outside, Daddy Dayspring asked me to lay on the rug.
He laid beside me, removed my pants. He first put his fingers in my private part. He later put his penis in my vagina and I cried.
He removed it and blood started coming out. He warned me against telling anyone, saying that I would die if I did. It was when I went outside to urinate that I noticed that blood was coming out of my private part.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, while confirming the incident, said the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), for further investigation, after he confessed to the crime.