by Isi Esene
Bishop Chibuike Nwabueze has blamed the devil for his alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl after ministering at the Calvary Army Ministry, Rumuoji Eneka in Obio Akpor local government area of Rivers state.
He said he did not rape the girl explaining that what happened between them was consensual.
According to him, the young girl (names withheld) who came to him for deliverance started removing her dress but before he could restrain her he found himself on top of her having full-blown sex.
“But to my greatest surprise, I was surprised when I saw her pulling off her blouse and skirt. But, before I knew it, I had a carnal knowledge of her. That is the truth of the matter.”
His head suddenly dropped after the confession, then went up again; this time he said anybody could have fallen for it.
Nwabueze said he called ‘junior’ pastors in the church to pray for him when he realised he has sinned against God.
Nwabueze reportedly said he took a second look at the little girl who probably was still lying nude and waiting for a second round and what he saw pissed him off.
“She started laughing at me. She said ‘are you angry?’ I told her that I did not know she had hypnotised me. She said I should not bother,” the bishop said.
“I was so angry and annoyed that I called some of my pastors and made a confession, that I did not know what was happening.”
While trying to explain what led to the temptation, the bishop maintained that the pastor of the church where he went to preach set him up.
“We have different Colleges of Bishops. I am the Chairman of the Communion of Bishops in Rivers State. Well, what actually happened was a set up. It was set-up by my enemies. I have so many people who are my enemies. The man in-charge of where I went to minister is my enemy. He is the person that set me up,” he stated.
“He invited me to his church for a programme, claiming to be my friend. After the programme, he set me up because of the tussle over the chairmanship of the communion.”
The police in Rivers state have advised Christians to be vigilant and ask the right question so as not to fall prey to dubious pastors.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Rivers SCID, Samuel Okaula, who paraded the bishop and a male nurse who allegedly facilitated the abortion, also said people should be conscious of worship centres. He said Nwabueze would be arraigned before the court to serve as a deterrent.
Reacting to the development, Executive Director, Institute of Human rights and Humanitarian Law, IHRHL, Ayankwee Nsirimovu, described the action of the bishop as unfortunate as it was done by one in a position of spiritual trust.