A woman, Mrs. Omotola Akerele, has alleged that her pastor, Mathew Olakunle, had sex with her when she was undergoing spiritual healing in his church, saying the sexual activity later resulted in pregnancy.
Olakunle, who was the head of the Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Itura in Iju town, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, was allegedly fond of praying for women in the church without their clothes on.
The 32-year-old woman, who narrated her ordeal on a programme on Adaba FM Akure, Ondo State, said it was her mother, who is a member of the church,that introduced her to the pastor when she was battling with a severe cough.
Omotola, who was an indigene of the town, narrated that as a result of the sex she had with the pastor, she got pregnant and later aborted the pregnancy without the consent of her husband.
She said, “I had a severe cough and my mother took me to Pastor Olakunle Mathew for prayer in Iju. After praying for me, he said I needed a shaving stick and a handkerchief to perform the spiritual exercise, which I took to him.
“The pastor told me that he wanted to use my hair to perform some spiritual work that would solve my spiritual problem. On the night of that first day we got there, he asked me to take off my clothes in the presence of my mother to enable him pray for me in the mission house.
“Since that day, he has been asking me to come for deliverance and when I got there, he would ask me to remove my clothes and lie on the bed. He would lie on me naked and be praying for me.
“On the seventh day, he shaved the hair of my private part and my armpit hair and put the hair in the white handkerchief. After that, we had sexual intercourse and after the intercourse, he asked me to go and bury the hair in the handkerchief. ”
Omotola added that a month after the sexual intercourse, she was pregnant and aborted it, but her husband later got to know about it and sent her out of the house.
The pastor admitted praying for the women in the church naked, saying God answered prayer faster while praying naked. He explained that Omotola’s case was a spiritual attack and she agreed to undergo the spiritual exercise performed on her in the church.
Olakunle, who said he had been transferred by the C.A.C to another church in Ilorin, Kwara State, however, denied having sexual intercourse with Omotola. He also denied impregnating her but he confessed to having had sexual relationship with Omotola’s younger sister twice and had prayed for their mother too while being naked.
He said, “On the third day of the spiritual programme, I shaved the hair on her private part and I touched it (her private part) with my peen and I told her to be using my peen to rub the entrance of her private part so that she would discharge.
“After that, I wiped the discharge of her private part with the white handkerchief and I prayed for her, using psalm 24. After the exercise, I asked her to go and bury the handkerchief in the bush. “I asked her to call her husband to do it for her, but she refused. That was why I did it for her; but I didn’t have sex with her.”