Pastor charged for impregnating teenage church member, procuring illegal abortion

An Abuja Senior Magistrate’s Court in Karu on Thursday arraigned  a pastor and another accused person for criminal conspiracy, false impersonation, criminal intimidation, criminal force and assault.

The accused are Apostle Basil Princewill of Mountain Mover Fire Ministry Church, Nyanya, and Pauline Okoh Odey of Block E 7, Flat 1 FCDA Owners Occupier Estate, Nyanya, Abuja.
The police prosecutor, Oyemisi Abiola had told the court that on July 2, the Commissioner of Police FCT received transferred case file with covering letter from National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).
Mr. Abiola said that on June 22, an information reached NAPTIP that the first accused person Princewill and the second accused person Odey conspired among themselves.
He further accused Mr. Princewill of having carnal knowledge of two teenagers, a 14-year-old and another 15-year-old, who are members of his church.
Mr. Abiola said that  the Apostle did that on pretence that he was carrying out deliverance on them and in the process he impregnated the first victim.
He further said that the first accused Princewill had several unlawful carnal knowledge with a 14-year- old  and another 15-year-old girls both students and also members of his church.
He added that the first accused discovered that, he conspired with second accused person Odey, who took the victim to Fantami Head Medical Centre, Mararaba, Nassarawa, and falsely claimed to be the father of the victim.
The prosecutor said that the girls pregnancy was aborted without her consent and  intimidated her that if she disclosed the situation to anybody that she would die.
Furthermore, Mr. Abiola said that before the incident, the first accused person Princewilll falsely claimed to his church members including the mothers of the victims to be a lawyer.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened   sections 97, 179, 397B, and 268 of the penal code.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate Shuaibu Ahmed granted them bail in the sum of N5 million each with one surety in like sum.Mr. Ahmed ordered that the surety must be civil servant of Grade Level 14 or a business man with landed property of N5 million that resided within FCT and adjourned the case to July 25, for hearing.

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