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The Nigeria Police Force’s Abia State Command has verified the apprehension of Peculiar Ginika, the General Overseer, and lead pastor of Liberation Word Assembly International in Aba.
The church is situated at No. 4 Egbuka Avenue, near Unity Bank, on Echianu Street, off 183 Faulks Road, in Aba North local government area of Abia State.
Pastor Ginika is currently being held in the detention facility of the command headquarters of the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police, located on the premises of the Aba North local government council.
He was reportedly apprehended and detained over the weekend following a report from the father of a minor female victim. The victim’s father, who is also their family’s pastor, reported the abuse to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
Information from police circles suggests that the nurse, involved in providing contraceptive pills and obtaining the victim’s blood sample for the suspect, could be apprehended for interrogation.
According to information from sources within the victim’s family, the victim turned 17 in November last year (2023) and endured the abuse of her relationship with the General Overseer for approximately two years, starting when she was 15..
According to the sources, the General Overseer who sent his wife packing, took advantage of the desire of the teenager to know God more, while allowing herself to be mentored by the man who was said to have healed her of asthma which has been troubling her since she turned 8 years.
“My sister said that the man forced himself on her and led her to an oath never to reveal what was going on between both of them or she risk her asthma affliction coming back, this time more severe.
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“He manipulated my sister such that she hated her parents and even wez her relations.
“He even went ahead trying to force my sister to marry him.
“Through his manipulation and fear of losing my sister, he made my sister who had wanted to study medicine not to agree writing her Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam as she instead opted for a catering school.
“To us, it was surprising how such a brilliant girl would just refuse to pursue her education to choose to go to catering school. We knew that something was wrong, but we never suspected the pastor.
“Each day that they have sex, he uses her up to five times and he gives her contraceptives at the end of the rounds of sex. My sister will wear out and will hardly do house chores and we never knew that a man who visits our house was behind all these.
“The father involved police last week Saturday after she summoned the courage to speak up.
“The matter is with the RRS team in Aba North local government area headquarters, Aba.”
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Maureen Chinaka, confirmed that the Lead Pastor and General Overseer of the Pentecostal church in question is still being interrogated by the police.