The Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced a 54-year-old pastor identified as Michael Oliseh, to life imprisonment for defiling his friend’s 12-year-old twin daughters.
Delivering judgment, Justice Abiola Soladoye, described Mr Oliseh, the assistant pastor of the Anointed Chosen Vessel Ministry in Okota, Lagos, as a “serial rapist”. “The testimony of the defendant portrayed him as a serial rapist who took turns to defile the survivors.
“His conduct is unbecoming of a pastor.
“Having been found guilty as charged with the two offences, the defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment,” she held.
She said that the sentences should run concurrently, adding that his name should be entered in the sex offenders register of the Lagos State government.
Mrs Soladoye also berated the parents of the survivors for lack of discipline by sending the survivors to stay with the convict.
Five witnesses testified at the trial and five exhibits were tendered.
The prosecution counsel, Olufunke Adegoke, said the pastor committed the crimes sometime in November 2017 in Ago, near Okota, a suburb of Lagos.
Mrs Adegoke said that the defendant defiled the survivors after their father had entrusted them to his care and travelled to the village for burial.
She said that Mr Oliseh then threatened the survivors that their father would become jobless if they told anyone about the sexual encounter.
She also submitted that the defendant was caught by one of the neighbours after he had chased one of the survivors in the compound and dragged her with her pant.