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A man described as a prophet of a Celestial Church of Christ parish in the Ilashe area of Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, identified simply as Woli Michael was penultimate week flogged for allegedly abducting and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in the community, The Nation reports.
It was learnt that Michael, a native of Ondo State, abducted the minor in February this year and abused her for months leading to pregnancy.
A source said that Michael had hidden the girl in his house despite a search party launched for her whereabouts by the community leaders, which was known to him.
‘’Prophet Michael seized the girl in February and kept him in his house and impregnated her. He had somehow hypnotised the girl to the extent that she would hide from her schoolmates whenever they passed through the area where Prophet Michael’s house is located.’’
‘’The girl was however spotted by his parents on April 29, 2018, while she was sweeping the compound where she was kept.
‘’The girl told his parents that she was kept in the house by Prophet Michael and she was discovered to be pregnant for him.’’
The matter was reported to the monarch of the community, who ordered that Prophet Michael be arrested to no avail on that day.
The culprit was however arrested on April 30, where he was openly flogged at monarch’s palace before being banished from the community.
The punishment given to the cleric however generated controversy as residents considered it to be too light for his misconduct.
A resident, Oluwole, however said the errant prophet was handed over to the police.