A Nigerian pastor, Nduka Anyanwu, was on Tuesday, February 14, sentenced to double life imprisonment by a sexual offence and domestic violence court in Lagos for raping and impregnating two biological sisters in a church complex.
The convict, who is said to be a pastor at a Lord’s Chosen Church branch in Oshodi, defiled the underage girls over a long period of time under the guise of casting out evil spirits from them.
According to the prosecution, Anyanwu defiled and impregnated the sisters on the pretext of holding prayer sessions with them.
Justice Abiola Soladoye, the presiding judge, found the pastor guilty of impregnating the 13-year-old and 17-year-old sisters, both of whom have welcomed their babies.
The judge, who found the prosecution witnesses’ evidence credible and consistent, described the convict as morally bankrupt.
She said the police should have charged the victims’ parents alongside the convict because they are equally guilty of encouraging the wicked crime.
On several occasions, one of the victims went home to report the pastor’s misconduct to their parents, but she was always beaten and sent back to his home.
“The prosecution has proved the ingredients of the offences against the morally-bankrupt defendant,” she said and sentenced the convict to double life imprisonment.