One Apostle Williams Bassey has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping and impregnating his 20-year-old daughter.
The police also arrested another acclaimed pastor in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, and four other persons for rape and incest.
According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Odiko Mcdon, the pastor was arrested at his residence on Ibanga Street on November 7.
He said Bassey started having sexual intercourse with his daughter in the church vestry at the age of 13 and threatened to place a curse on her if she told anyone about it.
The statement also quoted the accused daughter as saying that the relationship resulted in three pregnancies which were all aborted by her mother.
She also confessed that her father always demanded sex from her before paying her school fees or meeting her needs.
The statement read: “On November 7, 2019, one Apostle Williams Bassey, an acclaimed presiding pastor of Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church, Obio Imo Lane, Uyo, was arrested at his residence for defiling his 20-year-old daughter.
“The victim stated that her father started having sexual intercourse with her at age 13. The continuous sexual assault led her to become pregnant on three different occasions and the pregnancies were aborted by her mother.”
The police also disclosed that the self-acclaimed pastor, one Anwanga Udo, was arrested on October 31 for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
According to the statement, one Nsikan Udo, Iniobong Moses, Saviour Ukpong and Festus Etuk, were also arrested for rape at different times.
The statement added: “Udo of No 7 Itiam Street, Uyo, a pastor with Restoration Bible Church, was arrested for having unlawful carnal knowledge of his 10-year-old step-daughter when she was left alone with him. Rather than be a father to her, he turned her to a sex-machine.
“Painfully too, Etuk and one Ememobong Eshiet (a female) of Ikot Akpa Eshiet Village, Onna Local Government Area were arrested for conspiracy and defilement.
“Eshiet forced the victim, who is an orphan, to be having unlawful carnal knowledge with her husband, Etuk, with the intent of having children for them against her wish.”