Pastor who raped JSS2 girl says devil was not at fault
- Teenager's sister says she gave her out for
the pastor's 'use'
- Pastor rapes girl for three consecutive
- Girl narrates ordeal in the hands of clergy
Pastor Opirite Amakiri, who reportedly molested
the young girl for three days. Photo: The Nation
A 50-year-old pastor in Rivers state has
been paraded in Port Harcourt, the state
capital, for allegedly raping a JSS2
student for three consecutive days.
Opirite F. Amakiri, who was paraded by
the police, allegedly had a carnal
knowledge of the young girl said to be a
member of the pastor’s church.
According to The Nation, Amakiri who
pastors a Pentecostal Church, Agape
Baptist Church located along Aka Base in
Rumuolumeni area of Obio/Akpor local
government area of the state, was said to
have lured the young girl into his room
to help massage his waist for a cure from
a protracted waist pain.
The pastor informed further that he got
a divine revelation that if he could get a
girl of between the ages of 12 and 18
years to massage the waist, his waist
problem would be resolved.
The elder sister to the victim, a young
widow, who is also a member of the
choir in the church, thought of helping
the clergyman out of his predicament
and offered to give out her little sister,
but the pastor took undue advantage of
the young lass.
Instead of blaming the devil for the
anomaly, the pastor who has four
children, said: "count the devil out of
this, he did not do anything, I did it by
myself. But I now regret my actions. God
decided to expose and chastise me."
"The reason I was arrested and being
detained by the Police is because of a rape
case I involved myself in. I am 50 years
old and have been a Christian for 22
years. I am a pastor of Agape Baptist
Church for seven years.
"The older sister to the girl I raped is a
choir member of my church. It was after
choir practice one Thursday that I
informed the sister that I would like to
visit her house for a serious discussion,
and she obliged me. The following day, I
paid her the visit and requested that she
allow her younger sister to massage my
"I said that I have been having a terrible
pain around my waist area for the past
two years and every treatment, drugs and
injection have failed.
"She then went and discussed with the
younger sister who accepted to help me.
So we had the first massage treatment
that day while the older sister was
around. Nothing happened between me
and the little girl.
"On Saturday I called her to inform her
that I was coming back for the treatment.
I got there while she was about to leave
for choir practice in the church. But while
the massage was going on, I had an urge,
so I had carnal knowledge of the girl. I
have successfully raped her three times.
"It was the fourth time that she locked
the gates against me, so I had to call her
sister on her cell phone and she rushed to
the house from her shop and began to
interrogate the girl on why she did not
want to massage my waist again. That
was when she disclosed what has been
happening between us," he narrated.
Explaining further, the pastor said: "I
did not ask my wife to massage my waist
because she was at her work place at Old
Bakana, in Degema LGA, as at the time I
requested the girl to massage me. My wife
comes back to Port Harcourt only when
she is on off duties.
"I felt that Deborah, being my spiritual
daughter, would be of more help to me
than my wife. That was why I went to
her. I sincerely regret my actions. It is
like the ground should open up and
swallow me. I did a very wrong thing. I
pray to my church members to forgive me
and never follow my footsteps."
While pleading further with the
policemen, Pastor Amakiri said: "If I
have made a mistake, I don’t advise any
of my members to also make the same
mistake, because Heaven is real and hell
fire is also real.
"Temptation can push anyone towards
anybody, and when God wants to expose
and chastise a person, anybody can be the
The student who was molested by the
clergyman narrated her ordeal in his
hands in three days, saying: "I was in
the house when the Pastor came and
asked me to massage his waist. On the
first day I massaged him, nothing
happened between us. But on the second
day, while I was massaging him, he began
to touch my breast and raped me.
"I tried to escape, but he held me down
and warned me never to tell anybody
what he did to me. He has raped me three
Ahmad Muhammad, the spokesman of
the Rivers state police command, told
journalists that the suspect was arrested
following a report from the victim’s
family stating that "one Pastor Opirite
Amakiri, of Agape Baptist Church in Aka
road, in Rumuolumeni area of Port
Harcourt was constantly raping a little
girl that is less than 18 years. We quickly
went after him and got him arrested.
"Following our investigations, it was
discovered that the elder sister to the
victim is a member of the Pastor’s
Church. According to her, the Pastor
approached her and said that the Spirit of
God revealed to him in the place of prayer
that a young girl between the age bracket
of 12 and 18 should massage his waist in
order for his two-year waist pain to be
"So, the victim’s sister, either for fear of
the pastor or love for him, or even as an
act of conspiracy, because she is mature
and married, asked her underage sister
that was living with her to help massage
"Each day the Pastor will sneak into the
woman’s house when she must have left
for her business to be doing the
massaging with the girl. According to the
victim, except for the first massage,
which was done when her sister was
around, the rest of the massaging
sessions ended in rape. It was the last day
that the girl, for whatever reason, tried
to run away from the man by locking the
gate when she heard the man was going
Deborah Prince Elegba, who gave out her
younger sister for the pastor's 'project',
confirmed that she did what she
did because he claimed that the Holy
Spirit commanded him to do it.
In a related development, a
pastor identified simply as Victor,
reportedly fled after being caught pants
down with another man’s wife in Lagos.
According to PM News reports, the
pastor sneaked into a man’s house to
have carnal knowledge of the wife
before he was caught pants down in
Ejigbo area of Lagos state.
It was gathered that he had already
pulled off his pair of trousers but had to
run out wearing only his underwear
when the husband, identified as Vitalis
Okere, barged into his home.