By Gabriel Chy Alonta & Uchenna Ezeadigwe
34-year-old pastor in charge of Mountain Zion Deliverance Ministry, Ugamuma village, Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Evangelist Chukwudi Chukwumezie (Agu-Udo Jesus), has landed in police net for allegedly having canal knowledge of a 15-year-old girl during a deliverance session. Orient Weekend gathered that the incident took place on September 23, 2019, at a guest house located at Offor Street, by Eziweka Road, Obosi, but the Anambra State Police Command arrested the clergyman on December 4, after weeks of public outcry and condemnations. According to a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, police operatives got wind of the incident when the case was reported at Obosi Division. “Following the report, police detectives took the victim to the hospital for medical examination, where penetration and laceration of her hymen was confirmed by the medical doctor. The alleged suspect was arrested and case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation as directed by the Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang. According to him, the victim also took police detectives to the hotel, where the alleged offence took place; adding that he would be charged to court for prosecu
tion. Orient Weekend had, on its October 27 edition, reported how the suspect lured the victim in the name of performing deliverance on her, which eventually led to call by family, friends and rights groups to demand arrest of the pastor. According to the victim, whose name was given as Amarachi, “My brother has been attending programmes at the Mount Zion Deliverance Ministry also known as Agu-Udo Jesus Outreach, so, he told our mother and me to come and experience the atmosphere of miracles in the church. “First, we went to see the pastor before the fateful day. After interactions with us, he told us to come the following Monday for deliverance and, to our greatest shock, he said that I was in my menses. I was surprised at that pronouncement and how he was able to know that I was. He also promised my mother that he would pay my school fees. “On the fateful day, my mother, who is an ‘abacha’ seller (African salad), asked me to go alone for the deliverance, since she needed to go to market that day. I agreed. “On getting to the church, the pastor asked that I wait behind for him opposite the Obosi Microfinance Bank, around its Automatic Teller Machine point (ATM), at Nkwo Obosi. I thought that he was to give me my school fees, so, I felt relaxed. “After about an hour or so, he appeared with in his car and requested that I joined him to see some other pastors, promising to conduct the deliverance afterward.
“I obliged. On our way, I started feeling dizzy and that was the last thing I remembered until I woke up to see myself in a hotel room. I looked around and saw blood stains on the bed sheets and it done on me that he had drugged and raped me. “I shouted and wanted to leave, he held me and pleaded to enter his car to drop me off a closer junction and because I was not with any money, I joined him. “On our way, he pleaded that I keep what transpired secret, and he urged me to tell my parents that he sent me to make a cash deposit to another pastor”. Amarachi, an SS1 student, said
that attempt to hide the incident from the family failed, making her to eventually disclose to the family what transpired. The visibly disillusioned girl had said that after the incident, she had been passing through psychological and other traumas, which, she said, was affecting her academic performance. “Since the incident, I have restricted my interaction with my peers, and I am always moody. I want justice to be done and let the full weight of the law be meted upon the pastor. I know that he may have been engaging in such dirty game. Let him not go unpunished”, she appealed.