Pastor accused of operating a brothel at a Nigerian church
Following news last week that a Nigerian pastor, Chukwuemeka Nwocha, General Overseer of the Tongue of Fire Restoration Ministry in Lagos, Nigeria, was facing charges relating to 13 girls he allegedly kept as sex slaves, it was reported yesterday that Idowu Olupinla, above, has been arrested by the police in Ogun State for allegedly operating a teenage prostitution ring.
Olupinla, 54, pastor and founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ijoko-Ota, Ogun State, was paraded alongside some of her victims at Eleweran Police Headquarters, Abeokuta.
Police allege that she specialised in hooking up male sex customers with teenage girls aged between 14 to 16.
The police said three of the girls were rescued. They lived in the church premises with the woman.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Ahmed Ilyasu, at a press briefing yesterday said the victims had been taken to a hospital.
He said the suspect would soon be charged to court for human trafficking and child abuse.
One of the victims said many of the girls were from broken homes and sought a place to stay before they were lured into prostitution by the woman.
The 16-year-old said she lived with Olupinla for about a year along with about nine other girls.
We are about 10 with Mama, and she always arrange men for us to have sex. She created apartment within the church premises, where the men sleep with us. We charge N500 (£1.20) per sex in which Mama will collect N300 and give us N200.
She said each girl makes an average of about N1,500 per day inclusive of Olupinla’s commission.
The teenager said many of the girls had multiple abortions so as to continue living in the church and that she has had five abortions.
The suspect, however, denied the allegations. She said she only provided a place to live for the homeless girls.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn