3 Celestial Church Members have been Charged with Rape and Organ Harvesting.
The Lagos State Government re-arraigned three clerics in an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday on an eight-count charge of rape and abuse of their congregants’ corpses NewsReport gathered.
This online information learned that Jacob Farinmade, Abraham Olujobi, and Olatunde Taiwo pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy and corpse misconduct.
While Farinmade pleaded not guilty to five counts bordering rape, unlawful detention, and unlawful burial in a house.
The Lead State Prosecutor, Olusola Soneye, said the defendants who were in charge of the Celestial Church of Christ Gospel Mission at No. 15/23 Pipeline Street, Ipaja, Lagos committed the offenses in 2015 in Lagos.
“The defendants sometime in 2015, indecently cut open the corpse of Deborah Elijah for the purpose of separating her from her fetus prior to burial.
“They treated the corpse of one Olubunmi Saliu in an undignified manner by burying her in a shallow grave in the church premises,” he said.
Mr. Soneye said that Mr. Farinmade while being the reverend in charge of the church, raped three women (names withheld) and unlawfully detained one of the women.
“Farinmade also authorized the burial of Deborah Elijah in an adjourning land at the Celestial Church Gospel Mission without the relevant consent of the Local Government Authority,” he said.
The prosecutor said 13 witnesses are set to testify against the clerics on behalf of the prosecution.
Justice Abiola Soladoye ordered that the clerics continue to be remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center and adjourned the case until Dec. 16 for trial.