Festus James, a self-described pastor, was detained by the police in Agbabu village, Odigbo Local Government Area, Ondo State, for allegedly raping an eight-month pregnant woman.
Funmi Odunlami, the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo Police Command, said the suspect, who came from Ibadan on a three-day revival, allegedly raped the woman while performing deliverance on her.
The PPRO said, “On the 13th November, 2021, one Festus James ‘m’ from Ibadan in Oyo State went to Agbabu village via Ore, claimed to be a Prophet and that the Holy Spirit directed him to have a three day Holy Ghost Revival at a Church in the village.
“The next day, the prophet claimed to have seen a vision concerning a 22-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant and told her to wait behind after the programme .
“He took the pregnant lady into one of the rooms in the mission house under the guise of delivering her from an evil spirit and had carnal knowledge of her.
“The suspect confessed to have committed the crime.”
According to James, he said that he only had intercourse with the woman, he did not r*pe her.
He blamed the act on the devil, claiming he had no idea what had happened to him.