A self-acclaimed apostle and prayer warrior who was arrested by the police for the alleged abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman, Esther, in Ibusa, Asaba, the Delta State capital actually adopted her during a Night vigil.
Esther had attended a vigil at the Living Faith Church with her family members on Friday, January 12, when Paul allegedly hypnotised and abducted her.
It was gathered that the family members searched for her around the church after the vigil to no avail.
They subsequently reported a case of missing person at the A Division of the Delta State Police Command, while the church prayed for her safe return.
Recall a friend of the victim’s brother had reportedly gone to buy something at Paul’s shop on Thursday when he sighted her and informed the family.
Esther’s elder brother told Punch Metro that some church workers apprehended the suspect and held him until the police arrived.
The brother, who did not want his name in print, said, “We went for a vigil at our church on Friday, January 12. We could not find her after the service. My sister is a special child. She had convulsion while she was young and it affected her. She can’t read and write.
“Someone saw her at the man’s shop on Thursday and raised the alarm. When we got there, we discovered that the man had bought new clothes for her. She had been hypnotised and refused to follow us. Later, she said the man made her to swear with a Bible that she would not leave him and that if she did, she would die. He should be in his 50s.
“We learnt that he chased away his wife and children a long time ago. He sells souvenirs outside the church (Winners Chapel). The church does not have anything to do with him.”
He said Esther was taken to the police clinic at Asaba, where a test carried out on her confirmed that she was raped.
He added that the medical report would be handed over to the police on Monday (today).
“He calls himself an apostle. We learnt that his church was closed down. We have options to either drop the case or take him to court. For some reasons, we will not drop the case,” he added.