‘Apostle of the Most High’ paraded naked for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl (Warning: Disturbing Photo)

by Isi Esene

George Akinyele, a middle-aged man, was accused recently of having carnal knowledge of an 8-year-old girl. The man who refers to himself as the shepherd in charge of one of the branches of a leading pentecostal church in the Ejigbo area of Lagos state was beaten to a pulp by a mob who also strip him naked in public.

The victim’s father, who was simply identified as Baba Akeem, narrated how they got wind of Akinyele’s actions saying, “About a month ago, we were shocked when our daughter, Elizabeth complained of virginal pains, saying that she was sexually abused by ‘Baba’, the name she calls Akinyele the neighbourhood pastor. Her descriptions of what transpired between her and Akinyele showed that she was actually raped.”

“Angrily, I confronted the man. He accepted getting close to my daughter, but denied raping her; I knew he was lying. I almost got the police involved, if not for the advice from neighbours to allow the sleeping dog lie. Surprisingly, barely a month later, I came back home from work, only for my daughter to start demanding for the type of drug I gave her in the past when ‘Baba’ abused her.

“I asked her why she needs it, but to my shock, she said ‘Baba’ abused her again. That was how I raised the alarm and took my daughter to the nearest hospital, for medical examination and possible treatment. This was after the hospital confirmed the abuse,” he alleged.

Akinyele, who, according to neighbours, conducts early morning ministrations in the area referring to himself as an Apostle of the Most High, responded to Baba Akeem’s allegations saying, “We both live in the same environment, and the father is so close to me that sometimes I ask him for help which he always rendered. I’m innocent of this particular accusation – the recent one. The first time I was accused of raping her, I had gone to their house where I met the little girl working on her school assignment. I offered to help her with the assignment which she gave me and I later returned it to her. I don’t know why nobody believed me, I didn’t have sex with that girl.

“This time around, she is saying that I ‘double crossed’ her at Somonu Animashaun street and had sex with her again. How could I have done that? I wasn’t even at that area at the said time of the rape. Before God and man, I didn’t do anything to her this second time that I’m being accused,” he swore.

A doctor who attended to the little girl said, “She was brought here by her father and I can confirm she is okay now. I’m just appalled by how the accused man was treated. If care was not taken, he could have been lynched.

“I’m against jungle justice no matter the level of crime committed,” the doctor added.

Men attached to the Ejigbo police station saved Akinyele from being lynched by the mob who had already beaten him mercilessly and stripped him off his clothes. He later confessed to committing the crime once but nothing more.

Reports say he has, however, been released from police custody on health grounds. Akinyele is said to be suffering from ulcer and diabetes.

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