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Court remands Pastor over rape, robbery

Court remands Pastor over rape, robbery

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered one Korede Olamide, 37, a pastor, to be remanded in prison custody for allegedly raping and robbing a woman.

Korede is also accused of unlawfully detaining the victim and putting a hard substance, known as ‘Vilium 5’ in her drink, making her sleep until the next day.

He was arraigned before Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat on a six-count of unlawful detention, maliciously administering poison, rape, causing a person to engage in sexual intercourse, provoking breach of peace and stealing.

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The Prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused committed the crime on Aug. 20 at Popoola Guest House, Alapere-Ketu, near Lagos.

He explained that the victim met the accused some time ago and told her that he was a pastor, giving her some messages about herself.

“The accused told her some of her problems and the barriers she was facing in life, saying that he would help solve her problems with prayers.

“The accused, after their meeting the first time, followed her up with phone calls and asking her the kind of dreams she has been having of late.

“He asked her to buy items like Bible, coconut, honey, salt and then told her to meet him for a spiritual bath at an undisclosed address.

“The last incident was when the accused told her to buy a sponge, drink ginger and water before coming to meet him at Popoola Guest House, Alapere- Ketu in Lagos State, where the incident happened.

“He gave her a liquid substance in a cup to drink and she passed out and found herself alone the next day with her money gone.”

Ihiehie said that during the police investigation, a video of the illicit act was found on the phone of the accused with other previous videos of similar treatment of victims.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 144(1) (2), 241, 258, 263(1) (2), 57(1) and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded guilty to unlawful detention, maliciously administering poison, rape and stealing but denied causing a person to engage in sexual intercourse, provoking breach of peace.

Sule-Amzat adjourned the case till Oct. 6 for sentencing and for bail of the accused on the fourth and sixth counts.

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