Federal High Court

Pastor gets life jail for defiling friend’s twins

EMERGENCY DIGEST- An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court yesterday sentenced a 54-year-old pastor, Michael Oliseh, to life imprisonment for defiling his friend’s 12-year-old twin daughters.

Justice Abiola Soladoye, while delivering judgment, described Oliseh, who is the assistant Pastor of the Anointed Chosen Vessel Ministry in Okota, Lagos, as a “serial rapist”.

She said: “The testimony of the defendant portrayed him as a serial rapist. What a disloyal and untrustworthy pastor, who shamelessly and audaciously had sexual intercourse with his friend’s children who were entrusted in his care. 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 said that the sentences should run concurrently, adding that his name should be entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State Government.

Justice Soladoye also berated the parents of the survivors for lack of discipline by sending the survivors to stay with the convict.

“Parents of the survivors lack discipline and ought not to have sent their children to stay in Oliseh’s house. The need for responsible parenting cannot be overemphasised,” the judge said, adding that children should not be entrusted with randy adults.”

Five witnesses testified at the trial for the prosecution and five exhibits were tendered.

The defendant testified for himself.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, said Oliseh committed the crimes sometime in November 2017 in Ago in the Okota area of Lagos.

Adegoke said Oliseh threatened the survivors that their father would become jobless if they told anyone about the sexual encounter.

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