A pastor in Nasarawa State, Nigeria was arrested yesterday (Nov. 9) for raping a 13-year-old girl during an alleged deliverance ceremony. The 46-year-old man confessed to the crime and he’s blaming it on the devil.

Ifeanyi Bernard, was taken into custody after the victim’s father alerted police. The rape occurred last week. The pastor claims the devil took over and before he knew it, he was “making love” to the child.

Police say Bernard lured the child to his house by pretending that he would expel “demons” from her. Once inside the house, he pushed her on the bed and raped her repeatedly, according to authorities.

He also threatened to kill her if she told, but thankfully her father found out and called the police rather than beating the sh*t out of this guy — which would have been a totally acceptable and understandable reaction.

Anointing oil was found in Bernard’s home including his bedroom where the child was raped.  “The pastor took advantage of his closeness to the girl’s family – who are members of his congregation – to rape their 13-year-old daughter under the guise of casting out demons from her,” said police commissioner, Sani Mohammed.

Bernard told police that he was friends with the girl and her family for a while. “I had been into evangelism for some years now and I have been casting out demons from people who have spiritual and family problems before I met this young girl through her father, Mr. Martins Ijiwo,” he explained.

“I have been a friend of the family for quite some time. I used my anointing oil to lure her into my room and all of a sudden, I was carried away and before I knew what was happening, I saw myself making love to her.”

Police say the investigation is done and Bernard is expected to be charged.

Photo: Daily Times

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