Abia State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed the arrest of Peculiar Ginika, the General Overseer and lead pastor of Liberation Word Assembly International in Aba.
The church is located at No. 4 Egbuka Avenue by Unity Bank, Echianu Street off 183 Faulks Road, Aba, Aba North local government area of the state.
Pastor Ginika cooling off his heels at the detention facility of the command headquarters of the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police situated at the premises of the Aba North local government council.
He was reportedly arrested and detained at the weekend after the father of a female victim; a minor (identify withheld), reported the abuse of his daughter by the General Overseer, who is also their family’s pastor, to the personnel of the RRS.
The nurse who was helping the suspect with contraceptive pills and also took the blood sample of the victim could be arrested for questioning by the police, sources within the police circles disclosed.
Sources within the victim’s family who disclosed that the victim turned 17 years old in November last year (2023), told our correspondent that the said General Overseer has abused their relationship for about two years; since she was 15 years.
According to the sources, the General Overseer who sent his wife packing, took advantage of the desire of the teenager to know God more, while allowing herself to be mentored by the man who was said to have healed her of asthma which has been troubling her since she turned 8 years.
“My sister said that the man forced himself on her and led her to an oath never to reveal what was going on between both of them or she risk her asthma affliction coming back, this time more severe.
“He manipulated my sister such that she hated her parents and even wez her relations.
“He even went ahead trying to force my sister to marry him.
“Through his manipulation and fear of losing my sister, he made my sister who had wanted to study medicine not to agree writing her Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam as she instead opted for a catering school.
“To us, it was surprising how such a brilliant girl would just refuse to pursue her education to choose to go to catering school. We knew that something was wrong, but we never suspected the pastor.
“Each day that they have sex, he uses her up to five times and he gives her contraceptives at the end of the rounds of sex. My sister will wear out and will hardly do house chores and we never knew that a man who visits our house was behind all these.
“The father involved police last week Saturday after she summoned the courage to speak up.
“The matter is with the RRS team in Aba North local government area headquarters, Aba.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Maureen Chinaka in a telephone interview on Tuesday confirmed that the said Lead Pastor and General Overseer of the Pentecostal church is still being interrogated by the police.