Over an alleged defilement of the 12-year-old twin daughters of a church member and close friend, a Pastor Mike Oliseh, 54 has been arrested by the Lagos state police command.
According to police sources, Oliseh who is married with four children, lives in the same compound with the parents of his victims in Ago palace way in Okota, Lagos state.
Oliseh and his victims fathers, Okoro, got close after he employed his services. Oliseh who is a bore hole driller, contracted Okoro to be his transporter since he owned a bus. Oliseh then got so close to the Okoro’s and invited over to his church.
Okoro’s wife however travelled on a business trip in 2017 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 he was giving to their family if she refuses to sleep with him.
“He started to rape me last year. He used to come to sleep in our house. He said there was heat in his apartment. So, while my twin sister and I would sleep on the floor, he used to sleep on the bed with my father. While my dad slept, he would come to the floor and sleep with me. He has done it many times. He put his male reproductive organ in my private parts. He threatened that if I told my father, he would not take him to work again. He and my father eat and work together, and they both sleep on the same bed.” she said
The mother of the victims, Chidera, said Oliseh’s evil act was brougfht to light when an elderly woman caught him pulling down the pants 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 ran into the backyard to hide. He went there and started pulling her pants; the girl shouted. An elderly woman, who came for omugo (the Igbo practice of female parents tendering their daughters’ newborn babies) in our compound and was in the room, saw him.
When she opened the door, Mike quickly brought out a phone and pretended to be speaking to my husband on the telephone. He said he wanted to give my daughter something, but she was not ready to collect it. He then put his phone in his pocket and left. The woman, who observed that he did not dial any number on the phone before putting it to his ear, called my husband to ask the children what his friend had been doing to them. That was how the secret was blown open. He slept with my first daughter regularly, but had only succeeded in inserting his fingers into the private parts of my second daughter.” the mother said
I trusted him because I thought that he was a man of God. I have a bus and whenever he had a borehole drilling job, I used the vehicle to take the equipment to site. He would pay me for the service. He also took my family to his church. Also, whenever my wife travelled, I would take my children to his wife’s place in Ikotun. Whenever I cooked, we would eat together from the same plate. I never suspected anything. Even when it was noticed the first time, I doubted it. However, when he agreed to it and said what he did was little, I became weak.” the heartbroken brother mum said
The case was reported at the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender and the victims were referred to the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. A social worker at the OPD said the results of the tests carried out on the victims confirmed that the girls had been defiled.
Confirming the incident, the state police command spokesperson, Chike Oti, said the clergyman would be arraigned at the end of investigation.