regrets most in her life, it is the day she walked into the Royal
Heritage Church, Mafoluku, Lagos, for the first time.
daughter in tow, she approached the pastor of the church, Tunde Daniel,
a man in his 50s with two wives, and sought his spiritual help on the
girl’s plan to become a model.
approached the pastor for help was the day she lost control of her
daughter, who is now 16 years old. For more than a year, Mrs. B said she
was struggling to get a grip of her life and win her daughter back from
the hold Pastor Daniel allegedly had on her.
if she gave her daughter an instruction, her obedience would depend on
whether the pastor agreed or not.
became distant and she no longer listened to me. Then, one day, she ran
away from home. I was at my shop when she ran away and her siblings were
with me in the shop.
her. I became worried after a few hours, but I still did not see her.
Neighbours also could not tell me where she was.
not reach him on the phone and I went to his house. When I got there, I
was told he was not around and for four days, my daughter was missing.
her back home in the evening. When I asked where she had been, she
ignored me and when I asked the pastor, he shouted at me.”
the sexual abuse her daughter allegedly suffered in the hands of the
pastor started in 2016 when the girl was still 15.
call from a hospital that said my daughter was in a critical condition.
I did not know how she ended up in the hospital. At that time, I had
lost control over her totally.
had appendicitis and that an emergency surgery must be conducted to save
her life. We were asked to look for N368,000. I called her father who
was abroad, to inform him of the case and we quickly paid the money.
that I became alarmed and I started petting her and told her to tell me
what was going on. That was when she said that the pastor had
impregnated her and that what I thought was the removal of her
appendicitis was indeed abortion.
the doctors at the hospital and they told me that she was brought in by
Pastor Daniel, who prevailed on them to say it was appendicitis. They
said she had lost a fallopian tube. They said they were only concerned
about saving her life.”
could no longer handle the matter on her own, contacted the Child
Protection Network in Oshodi, who took over the case.
Ejigbo, Mr. Ebenezer Omejalile, explained that further investigation on
the case showed that Daniel’s ministry was reputed as one dedicated to
preying on both innocent girls and married women.
over the case and it was reported at the Makinde Police Division,
Oshodi, Daniel tried to turn the case against the victim’s family and
reported at the anti-kidnapping unit of the Lagos State Police Command
that Mrs. B. colluded with some officers at the Makinde Police Division
to kidnap him and force him to part with money.
police officer in charge of the case. He was so confident that nothing
was going to happen on the matter. I realised that it was necessary for
the Commissioner of Police to hear about the matter, so I wrote a
petition to the CP on the matter.
Lord’ and trusted him with her daughter. Most shocking was the part that
the girl had lost a fallopian tube. When we interrogated the girl
further, we realised that the pastor had given her some drugs to abort
the pregnancy, which led to the complications.”
CP was to explain why the case was not a kidnap case as claimed by
Daniel, but one that bordered on gross sexual abuse and child
between the girl and Daniel, the girl’s family took her away to the
South-East to stay with her grandmother.
have sexual intercourse with Pastor Daniel. We did our best to break her
from the curse,” a family member said on condition of anonymity.
Omejalile’s petition to the Lagos CP finally yielded results on Tuesday,
November 7. Daniel, who had been walking the streets as a free man
since the case was reported at the Makinde Police Division, was invited
at the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters. He
was subsequently detained as investigation and interrogation went on.
said, “The girl said that anytime they had sex, he always recorded it.
This is why we are worried at this point because we do not want such
videos finding their way to the public. The girl said that he had a box
in his room where he kept videos from different sexual encounters. The
police said they would go and search his room soon.”
invite the pastor in company with policemen from the command
headquarters, the girl was the one used as a bait.
phone on speaker and when the girl called him, he said he would like to
see her and that he missed her. The girl said she could not come to his
house but could meet him at work.
in a company at Oshodi. As soon as the girl got to his office, the
pastor’s colleagues started greeting her as ‘Pastor Daniel’s daughter’.
It was clear they were familiar with her. He was then informed that he
was wanted at the police headquarters. He thought he could escape by
placing a call to the policemen at the anti-kidnapping unit, whom he had
reported to earlier. But he was told that he was being invited at the
police headquarters by higher authority.”
while being questioned at the police headquarters, the girl revealed
that Daniel took her on a flight to Abuja at a point.
of all these and how her daughter could embark on such long journeys
without her knowledge, but the distraught mother said it was part of the
reasons why she said she lost control of her daughter.
prosecution of Daniel was underway, it would begin efforts in ensuring
that the doctor at High Rocks Hospital, who carried out the abortion was
the head of the hospital, Dr. Femi Oloyede, an associate professor, he
explained that the pastor brought the girl to his facility, claiming to
be her guardian.
the girl with ectopic pregnancy (development of foetus in fallopian
tube) and we saved her. He said the girl was impregnated by her
boyfriend. Our records are there to show what she was treated for. Who
impregnated her was not the hospital’s concern. I was summoned when she
was brought in and noticed she was in a very bad shape. She had to be
resuscitated. I then said there was nothing we could do if her parents
were not present even if he was the guardian as he claimed.
and she came in. We told her what was wrong with her daughter
immediately. When we told them to make a deposit so we conduct an urgent
surgery, they declined saying they were taking her to their regular
They later came back in the evening when the girl’s situation had
worsened. They had to beg me to come from home to attend to her. We did
the operation and she took about three pints of blood within a space of
three hours. She was bleeding inside. She was even on admission for
some days after the surgery. If anything was ever in doubt, a
responsible parent would have asked.”
could not be immediately determined but said he believed it must have
been about six weeks old.
there had been an attempt to abort the pregnancy but that the victim’s
fallopian tube ruptured as a result of the ectopic pregnancy.
Police Command, Mr. Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed that Daniel was
still in custody and being quizzed, said the doctor would be invited.
where and when each of the alleged acts took place.Investigators would
be conducting a search on the house of the pastor also.”