An Ondo-based pastor, identified as Kayode Salami, has been arrested by the police in the state for allegedly raping and killing a nursing mother within his church premises.
It was gathered, on Friday, that the 37-year-old cleric committed the offence in his church, Oke-Irapada, in Alade, Idanre Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, the deceased, Adejoke Oloje, left her home in January with her 11-month-old child in order to stay at the church.
NIGERIACRIME learnt that the deceased left home for the church alongside her cousin, Aderonke.
The mother of the deceased, Deborah, who spoke in tears, stated that her daughter left home without informing her, during her visit to Idanre.
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She emphasized that she had located her daughter at the church after making numerous enquiries about her whereabouts, but her daughter had refused to go with her.
“I went to the church and eventually found her. She complained about foodstuffs, and I promised to bring some for her the following day. I also pleaded with her to leave the place, but she declined, and I left.
“The next day, when I got to the church around 5 p.m., I heard her child crying profusely.”
“So, I moved close to see what happened. I found the door closed. So, I forced it open. To my utmost dismay, I found my daughter on the floor, with her pants already removed down her legs, and I shouted for help.”
On interrogation, the preacher said he did not play any role in the death of the nursing mother.
He claimed that Adejoke returned to the church after the first time she worshiped in the church to seek lodging as she pleaded to find a place to stay.