Over an alleged defilement of the 12-year-old twin daughtersof a church member and close friend, a Pastor Mike Oliseh, 54 has been arrestedby the Lagos state police command, Punch Metro reports.
According to police sources, Oliseh who is marriedwith four children, lives in the same compound with the parents of his victimsin Ago palace way in Okota, Lagos state.
Oliseh and his victims fathers, Okoro, got closeafter he employed his services. Oliseh who is a bore hole driller, contractedOkoro to be his transporter since he owned a bus. Oliseh then got soclose to the Okoro’s and invited over to his church.
Okoro’s wife however travelled on a business trip in2017 and then the clergymen started sleeping in their home.
Narrating how it started, one of the daughters,Chioma (not real name), said Oliseh threatened to withdraw the support hewas giving to their family if she refuses to sleep with him.
“He started to rape me last year. He used tocome to sleep in our house. He said there was heat in his apartment. So, whilemy twin sister and I would sleep on the floor, he used to sleep on the bed withmy father. While my dad slept, he would come to the floor and sleep with me. Hehas done it many times. He put his male reproductive organ in my privateparts. He threatened that if I told my father, he would not take him to workagain. He and my father eat and work together, and they both sleep on the samebed.” she said
The mother of the victims, Chidera, said Oliseh’sevil act was brought to light when an elderly woman caught him pulling down thepants of their second daughter.
“On that Thursday, my daughter did not go to school;she was alone in the compound. Mike (Oliseh) came and chased her. The girl raninto the backyard to hide. He went there and started pulling her pants; thegirl shouted. An elderly woman, who came for omugo (the Igbopractice of female parents tendering their daughters’ newborn babies) in ourcompound and was in the room, saw him.
When she opened the door, Mike quickly brought out aphone and pretended to be speaking to my husband on the telephone. He said hewanted to give my daughter something, but she was not ready to collect it. Hethen put his phone in his pocket and left. The woman, who observed that hedid not dial any number on the phone before putting it to his ear, called myhusband to ask the children what his friend had been doing to them. That washow the secret was blown open. He slept with my first daughter regularly, buthad only succeeded in inserting his fingers into the private parts of my seconddaughter.” the mother said
I trusted him because I thought that he was a man ofGod. I have a bus and whenever he had a borehole drilling job, I used thevehicle to take the equipment to site. He would pay me for the service. He alsotook my family to his church. Also, whenever my wife travelled, I wouldtake my children to his wife’s place in Ikotun. Whenever I cooked, we would eattogether from the same plate. I never suspected anything. Even when it wasnoticed the first time, I doubted it. However, when he agreed to it and saidwhat he did was little, I became weak.” the heartbroken brother mum said
The case was reported at the Lagos State Office ofthe Public Defender and the victims were referred to the Mirabel Centre, LagosState University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. A social worker at the OPD saidthe results of the tests carried out on the victims confirmed that the girlshad been defiled.
Confirming the incident, the state police commandspokesperson, Chike Oti, said the clergyman would be arraigned at the end ofinvestigation.