A 56-year-old man of God has been arrested by the police in Ondo State for allegedly impregnating his 16-year-old daughter.
Vanguard reports that Prophet Oluboyode, who owns a white garment church in Odode, Idanre area of the state, is currently in police custody and has confessed that he is responsible for his daughter’s seven-month-old pregnancy and was pushed into temptation by the devil.
But residents of the town think otherwise as they believed he must have carried out the act to renew his spiritual powers as it was realized that Prophet Oluboyode’s church located at Oke-Ijebu Street in the town, always records high traffic of miracle-seeking worshippers from far and near on a regular basis.
A source close to the church revealed that the prophet is a specialist in bathing women in streams to ward off evil spirits and those tormented by spiritual husbands and preventing who prevent them from getting married or having babies.
Reports have it that the suspect lives alone with the daughter after the wife left him years back and all efforts by the estranged wife to take her daughter along with her were thwarted by the father who insisted that he needed her around to run errands and take care of him in the interim.
A family source also hinted that the suspect had refused to remarry after the wife left and had preferred sleeping with his daughter instead.
It was also gathered that the victim had stopped going to school when signs that she is pregnant was becoming evident while her schoolmates who went to look for her were told by the father that she had moved over to Lagos to continue her education.
Police sources said that when the girl became pregnant for her father and informed him, he allegedly prepared some concoctions for her to drink to terminate the pregnancy but the baby refused to be flushed out.
It was when Prophet Oluboyode contemplated smuggling the victim out of the house to a private clinic for an abortion that she refused and threatened to raise an alarm.
The suspect then instructed the victim to stay indoors to avoid suspicion from church members and their neighbours but one of the neighbours who saw the girl with a protruding stomach, raised the alarm and the prophet was arrested.