Fugitive Redeemed Church interpreter accused of raping 12-year-old girl arrested

The Ogun State Police confirmed the arrest.

Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG

Akin Adewale, an interpreter at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Totoro, Abeokuta, who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl has finally been nabbed by the Ogun State Police Command.

The arrest of the suspect, who had been on the run for some days, came soon after a marching order issued by the police to the Ogbe unit of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, to produce the suspect.

The OPC had been the first to apprehend Mr. Adewale; but rather than hand him over to the police after obtaining a confession from him, they let him go. The police subsequently issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the group to produce the accused.

The OPC unit, headed by Akeem Bakene, re-arrested the suspect on Thursday and handed him over to the police. As at the time of this report, Mr. Adewale, accompanied by his wife, was making a statement to the police.

According to the police, his 12-year-old alleged victim will be taken to the government owned hospital in the town for adequate medical attention while Mr. Adewale will be taken to court on completion of the police investigation.

The victim resided with the suspect and his family before the incident. Her parents also attend the same church as the interpreter.

The pastor of the church, Lekan Ademosun, had been part of a move to ‘mediate’ while the suspect was still in police custody.

However, the cleric made a detour when he realised that the police had stepped into the matter.

“The offence was not committed in the church [but] we cannot deny the fact that we are aware of it. I tried to mediate, we mediate as a church. He is a member of the church [but] we did not ask him to commit the crime,” the Redeemed pastor said.

Mr. Ademosun said that it would not be in the interest of the church authorities to see the church’s name being tarnished hence, the need to keep its distance from the case.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest.

“Yes, the suspect is in our custody. We are investigating him and upon completion of the investigation we shall charge him to court,” he said.

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