Ebonyi state Police Command has arrested a gay Pastor, Paul Morah for allegedly defiling over 24 male children in Enyibichiri, in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.
Daily Times gathered that the pastor hails from Orji River in Enugu state but came to Ebonyi for pastoral mission.
It was also gathered that he used diabolical handkerchief to lure some of the children, especially those who tried to resist him.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP George Okafor confirmed the development but said he would brief journalists when investigation was concluded.
“We are aware of the matter. It has just been transferred from Ikwo Police Division to this place (Headquarters). We are still investigating the matter. But latest tomorrow, we will get back to Press”, the police spokesman said.
The Coordinator of Ikwo East Development Centre, Hon. Chinedu Ogbuoji, who lend credence to police confirmation, described the incident as pathetic.
His said: “The incident is a pathetic one because these days some people hide themselves under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate evil.
“He told us that his name is Paul Morah from Enugu State. He claimed to be a pastor. But when we interrogated him further, he said he spent only three weeks in the church before he was suspended by the Anglican Church in Enyibichiri community.
“People from my area reported the incident to me on Wednesday and intervened with the support of the town Union leader and the youths who came out because of the importance of security to the state government.
“We went there; he was apprehended and handed over to the police. We want to assure you of more investigation.”
The Coordinator further said there was nothing like physical injury inflicted on the children by the suspect but assured that they would undergo medical examination to fully ascertain their health status.
“Some of the children claimed they are members of the church. Nobody knew what he used to lure the children. But we heard that at times, he uses diabolical handkerchief to lure them”, he added.
Corroborating, Hon. Nwoba Sylvanus, the town Union President said it was in the early hours of Tuesday morning that one of my chairmen, by name Sunday Nwibo, of a sub-ward called me and related the information to me and I told him he should go and arrange some boys to go to the man and arrest the man for him to be handed over to the police for investigation.
“At that hour it happened, we only identified four children of highest age of 17 years. One of them is in primary six. The other two in JSSII, and the one in JSS III but from the investigation of the divisional police officer at Noyo junction, the children are up to 24 now.
According to one of the children, the man use to send them on an errand when they come back to him, he will ask them to enter his house, then in the house he will ask them to wear off and if they resist, he will use his hand and naked the boys and use them.
“He told us that he is a pastor in one of the orthodox Churches but when one of the pastors from the Church was contacted, he said they have suspended him for over three months. The pastor said when he came to them after observing him, they discovered that he was fake and not working in line with their doctrines”, the town union president said.