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20 YEARS AFTER: NIGERIAN PASTOR FOUND GUILTY OF MULTIPLE RAPE AGAINST CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN HIS CHURCH (VIDEO)

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An evangelical pastor, Prophet Michael Oluronbi has been found guilty of sexual offences against six women and a man, five of who attended his church by right from their childhood. He was known for using his trusted position to sexually abuse children and women in the church.

Oluronbi who is originally from Nigeria also said to have been assisted by his wife in carrying out his evil act for over 20 years.

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Oluronbi was arrested at Birmingham Airport in May last year while trying to leave the country for Nigeria with some of his ceremonial belongings and a sum of cash.

Police are unable to say whether he was trying to flee justice, but pointed out he had recently been confronted about the abuse by one of his victims.

In a confession secretly videoed last year by a victim’s family member who had confronted him, the ‘feared’ pastor is heard saying: ‘Everything was just my fault, and as I said before, I wasn’t meant to be human’.

‘I wasn’t meant to live under the roof of any human being and I said that I was an animal.’

Oluronbi performed some of his evil act after convincing victims to take part in Spiritual bathing, which he claimed would Cleanse them of evil spirits.

During a trial at Birmingham, Crown Court, Jury heard that some of his young female victims became pregnant multiple times but were taken to the abortion clinics by qualified pregnant pharmacist Oluronbi provided to cover up his menace.

He denied any wrongdoing, laughing off the accusation in the witness box during the trial, forcing his victims to give evidence against him during nine weeks of legal proceedings.

Oluronbi was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault.

His 60-year-old wife was also convicted of three counts of aiding and condoning rape after lending hands to arrange for terminations.

The prosecuting counsel, Phil Bradley QC told the Jury “The Crown’s case is that Mr Oluronbi used what he called ‘spiritual work’ as a subterfuge for that sexual abuse.

‘The main tactic he employed was to claim that God had instructed him to administer ‘holy baths’ to some of his congregation in order to ‘cleanse’ them and protect them from evil influences.

‘That activity began when his victims were children.

He added that for some of the female victims the offending ‘progressed to repeated rapes, on many occasions leading to unwanted pregnancies and terminations’.

It was gathered that this man, who was revered and feared by his victims, kept a vice-like grip on many of them and continued to abuse them well into adulthood’.

Detective Superintendent Nick Walton of West Midlands Police said “Oluronbi convinced the children, through conversations with parents, to take the spiritual baths

“He convinced a number of children… that these can benefit them either religiously, from a health perspective, or educationally,” he said.

“They’d be taken upstairs to the bathroom, stripped naked, sometimes wearing a red girdle – like a sash – and he would wash them down.”

“On occasions, he would sexually assault them, but also take them to an adjacent bedroom and subject them to sexual assaults and rape.”

“The offending happened over a period of 20 years, at various locations, going back to the 1980s.”

Some of his victims described it as a cult,’ he added.

The Crown Prosecution Service, Georgina Hewins said ” This case involved the serious and sustained sexual abuse of vulnerable young children by a religious leader.

‘The young age of the victims greatly increases the seriousness of the offences,” she added.

Pastor Oluronbi and his wife await their sentence.

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