Orphanage director (who is also a pastor) arrested for allegedly raping two minors in Ogun

by Rachel Ogbu

he-orphanage( Photo: Punch)
The-orphanage( Photo: Punch)

The director of an orphanage in Ogun State who is also a church pastor was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping two minors at his orphanage.

The man identified only as Atunde of Light of Hope Orphanage at Akute, Ogun State, was taken into custody by policemen from Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos State.

The suspect has been on surveillance after the police had receivied a petition from Project Alert, a non-governmental organisation, that reacted as soon as a teacher in the school which the minors attend reported the matter.

Project Alert programme officer, Tobi Asekun, said:

“It was the school that brought the case to us. This is not the first time that we have received complaints against Atunde’s activities.

“Last year, one of his neighbours came to us making the same complaints but no one could take action because we needed his victims to confirm the claim.

According to reports, on one faithful day last month, a child had allegedly showed up at school with blood dripping down her legs. She was probed by school officials, and then she claimed that Atunde had raped her.

“So when this case was brought to our attention, we wrote a petition to Zone 2 command,” Asekun said.

The Punch reports:

It was learnt that plain-clothes officers from Zone 2 had visited the school and spoken with the minors who are aged 13 and 14 years before picking up Atunde from the orphanage which also doubles as his family home.

The orphanage, a large one-storey building housing about 12 rooms, is said to have been functioning since 1996.

Currently about 22 children live at the orphanage, most of whom were male and female minors.

Another 11 orphans were said to be running various programmes in a private University with their expenses being paid by the orphanage.

A total of 79 children are allegedly being cared for by the orphanage, which is registered with the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs.

The Zone’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Balogun, confirmed Atunde’s arrest.

He said, “Atunde has been arrested. We will have more details by tomorrow.”


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