An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Tuesday, remanded a pastor with the Royal World Embassy Church, Rufus Olatunji, for allegedly defiling and impregnating a 14-year-old member.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F.M. Kayode, who did not take Olatunji’s plea, ordered that Olatunji should be remanded at Ikoyi Correctional Centre.
Kayode then adjourned the case to March 8 for mention.
Olatunji (45) is facing a two-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and procuring an abortion.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Kehinde Olatunde had told the court that the defendant committed the offences in August 2021, at Royal World Embassy Church, Ipaja.
Olatunde alleged that the defendant had sexual intercourse with the girl in the church’s store, which resulted in the pregnancy.
He said that when the defendant found out, he gave the girl a drug to terminate the pregnancy.
Olatunde said that the girl’s parents reported the case to the police and the defendant was arrested.
He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 145(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.