Police have arrested the General Overseer of Gloryland Church, Benin Edo State, Pastor Ekene Samuel, for allegedly impregnating and procuring abortion for a 17-year-old member of his church, identified as Miracle.


Police said Pastor Ekene charmed and had sex with Miracle in December 2018, even as different charms were found at his residence. His arrest followed a report by one Henry Aikhuaman that Miracle was missing.


It was learnt that the girl was later found on a sick bed at Graceville Medical Centre along Ewah Road in Benin City, where doctors reportedly told police interrogators that Miracle was brought in by one Happy Johnson, a deaconess in Pastor Ekene’s church.


Speaking to newsmen at the Police Command Headquarters in Benin, Happy said it was Pastor Ekene that told her to procure the abortion for Miracle. .

While confessing to the crime, the pastor said: “In August last year, I had an extramarital affair with her. She came to me this year that she was pregnant. I asked my member here to take her to the hospital. .

She was taking some drugs to remove the pregnancy. The baby died in her womb. The doctors did surgery on her because she was having appendicitis. The hospital asked me to pay N380, 000 and I have paid N150, 000 before I was arrested. .

She did not die. These charms were items returned by people I prayed for through deliverance. Some are also for me. I also do spiritual work. I have anti-poison and others.”


The Edo Police Commissioner, Muhammed Dan Mallam, quoted the victim to have said: “the pastor had sex with me five times in December, 2018, with charms.”

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