The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries(MFM ) announced on Monday the suspension of its member, David Onyekachukwu, who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl .
Even though MFM said David was never an ordained pastor in the church, he was suspended indefinitely after the church carried out investigation which revealed that David not only raped the young girl but also got her pregnant .
The suspect was arrested by the officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
David Onyekachukwu, 48, who hails from Nsukka in Enugu State, met the young girl,a junior Secondary School 2 Pupil, in Karmo area sometime in 2018 and started professing love to her.
According to NAPTIP spokesperson , Stella Nezan, the pastor had confessed during interrogation to have slept with the young girl twice and blamed it on the “work of the devil.”
The spokesperson of the MFM, Collins Edomaruse, in a statement obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja on Monday, said the indefinite suspension was “in line with the rules and regulations of the MFM, which forbids such acts and frown on them.”
The statement quoted the Regional Overseer, Gwarimpa Region, MFM, Pastor Niyi Babalola, as confirming the suspension.
According to Babalola,
“He (Onyekachukwu ) is not an ordained pastor in the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries. He is just a Member/worker in the life Camp branch and has been suspended from the branch immediately.
“The church cannot stop the law from taking its course as doing so will amount to condoning evil and being an accessory after the fact has been proved. After investigation, we confirmed that the rape and pregnancy of the girl are true and the matter is currently being handled by the police.”
“However,we want to say that the alleged person is not an ordained pastor or an officially appointed pastor of the MFM, Gwarimpa Region. This is, therefore, a personal issue between the brother and the innocent victim.
“It has nothing to do with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. In MFM, the leadership does not condone indiscipline. Absolute holiness within and without is our hallmark in the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. This is of priority in all our trainings and teachings to our pastors and members. The alleged brother is already in the custody of the police to allow the law to take its course.”
Investigations showed that the victim who lost her parents in 2018, was in need of accommodation when she met the suspect, who then offered to provide shelter to her and also to deliver her from witchcraft.
Further investigations indicated that the suspect who is a widower, brought in the girl to live with him and his daughter in Karmo.
However, he was said to have started making s*xual advances to his victim in her first year of living with him, an action the victim resisted .
NAPTIP said the suspect raped the victim during her birthday in March 2019 and had continued to rape her until he was arrested .