Nwocha, the General Overseer of Tongue of Fire Restoration Ministry
located in Igbosere, Lagos, is a ‘man of God’ that his congregation,
both young and old, called “Daddy”.
before journalists at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in
Ikeja, he was no longer a “spiritual daddy” but a suspect who harboured
13 underaged girls as sex slaves in a three-bedroomed harem.
Nwocha did not come across as someone capable of such crime. When he
started to talk about what he did before journalists, he started by
saying “By His Grace,” a statement that elicited a laugh of derision
from all present.
the children in his church, who called him, “Daddy, daddy” told him
they would like to visit him.
girls.When the first girl came, she said she did not have anywhere to
go. I did not know her parents. I am a pastor and I felt pity for her.
After spending three days, I told her she needed to go out and bring
some of her relations so that they would know where she was. But she did
said they would like to send their chidlren to live with me. Some of
them came to spend holidays after their exam.”
in his house. But after telling stories that diverted attention from
allegations that he raped the girls and had also forced some of them to
do abortions, he paused and shook his head.
children against me. I did not rape them. I only slept with Sola (real
name withheld). She is my girlfriend and we actually planned to marry.
He also said he might marry all the girls if that would bring about peace.
Mr. Fatai Owoseni, had said that the pastor haboured the girls with the
promise of paying their school fees, feeding them and buying gifts for
them became pregnant and he took them for abortions. He first denied all
the allegations but like all criminals, he later confessed to raping
them without using protection,” the CP said.
talked, explained that her parents indeed gave her permission to spend
the holiday in the pastor’s house.
all sleep anyhow we could. One of us, who is older is the one who cooked
in the house. I got there two weeks ago. My parents are his church
members. I just felt it will be good if I spent part of the holiday in
pastor’s house. My parents gave their permission before I went there.
saw other girls. Few days after I got there, he called me and took me to
his room and slept with me. He told me not to speak to anybody about
what he did and that he would buy me clothes. I knew that he was
sleeping with the other girls. I don’t know whether anyone of the other
girls have had abortion.”
married and that his wife is schooling and was never around, contrary to
the claim of the pastor that he was single.
who said they all called the pastor’s wife Mary and that she came
around to the house once in a while.