Saturday, 13 February 2016

The General Overseer of Agape Baptist Church,
Pastor Oprite Amakiri, has been arrested and
detained at the Rumuolumeni Police Division in
Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers
State.
The 50-year-old randy pastor confessed to how he
deceived a member of his church and raped her
18-year-old sister before he was exposed and
dragged to the police.
Amakiri was said to have told about 200 members
of his church that he had been battling waste pain
for the past two years and stressed that God told
him that a girl between the age of 12 and 18 years
old would be needed to massage his waste for him
to be healed.
However, the gullible members of the church did
not see anything wrong in the randy pastor’s
‘prophecy’ and one of them, the elder sister to the
victim (names withheld) decided to make available
her 18-year-old sister for the massage job.
The pastor (Amakiri) decided to visit the home of
his victim’s sister to get massaged while the
owner of the house (victim’s sister), who is a
roadside trader, had gone to do her petty trading.
It was learnt that the pastor raped the girl on three
occasions and threatened to deal with her if she
dared expose his deeds to anyone, including her
elder sister.
Not satisfied with the development, the victim
(names withheld) slammed the door against the
pastor on the fourth day and stopped him from
gaining access into the room for another round of
sex.
Angered by the girl’s effrontery, the randy pastor
put a call across to the elder sister of the victim
and told her that the 18-year-old girl was trying to
stop ‘God’s prophecy’, an action that forced the
naïve victim’s sister to abandon her wares and
rushed home with dissatisfaction.
On getting to her house, the rape victim told her
sister how she had been defiled on four occasions
by the pastor. It was at that point that the trader
raised the alarm and Pastor Amakiri was arrested.
Speaking with newsmen, the errant pastor
confessed to the crime and said nobody should
blame it on the devil and that he (Amakiri) should
take the blame because he actually planned and
executed the rape of the teenager.
“The elder sister to the girl I raped is a choir
member of my church. It was after choir practice
one Thursday that I informed the sister that I would
like to visit her house for a serious discussion and
she obliged me.
“The following day, I paid her the visit and
requested that she allow her younger sister (his
victim), to massage my waist, that I had been
having ache on it in the past two years and every
treatment, drugs and injection had failed.
“She then went and discussed with the younger
sister, who accepted to help me. So, we had the
first massage treatment that day while the elder
sister was around and nothing happened between
me and the little girl.
“On Saturday, I called her to inform her that I was
coming back for the treatment, I got there while
she was about to leave for choir practice in the
church. While the massage was going on, I had the
(sexual) urge. So, I had carnal knowledge of the
girl. I have successfully raped her three times,”
Amakiri, whose church is located in Rumuolumeni,
added.
The cleric, whose wife is a health worker in
Degem Locl Government Area of the state,
explained that he could not tell his wife to massage
him because she only came home from her work
place once a week when she was off duty.
Amakiri, who has four children, stated that it was
during his fourth attempt at raping the girl that he
met a brick wall and since then, he had not
regained his freedom.
He said, “It was the fourth time that she (victim)
locked the gates against me. So, I had to call her
sister on her cell phone and she rushed to the
house from her shop and began to interrogate the
girl on why she did not want to massage my waist
again and she disclosed what has been happening
between us.
“I sincerely regret my actions. It is like the ground
should open up and swallow me. Don’t blame the
devil for what has happened, blame me because I
was tempted and I did it,” he added.
The victim, who simply gave her name as
Goodness, told newsmen that she never knew the
pastor that was respected so much by members of
his church could think of having sexual intercourse
with her.
She said the pastor had warned her on each
occasion he forcefully had carnal knowledge of her
not to disclose what happened to anybody,
including her elder sister.
“I was in the house when the pastor came and
asked me to massage his waist. On the first day, I
massaged him, nothing happened between us. But
on the second day, while I was massaging him, he
began to touch my breast and raped me.
“I tried to escape, but he held me and warned me
never to tell anybody what he did to me. He has
raped me three times,” the victim said, adding that
she used vegetable oil to massage the pastor’s
waist.
Speaking on the matter, the State Police Public
Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said the
randy pastor had confessed to raping the girl on
several occasions, adding that Amakiri would be
charged to court at the end of an ongoing
investigation into the matter.
Mohammad told newsmen that the teenager would
be taken to the hospital for a comprehensive
medical check-up to ascertain that the pastor has
not infected her with HIV or any other sexually
transmitted diseases.
He cautioned members of the public to beware of
people, who might want to deceive and take undue
advantage of them.

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