Police in Nigeria have arrested a pastor who runs an underage prostitution ring in her church in Ogun State.
Madam Idowu Olupinla, the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Ijoko-Ota, reportedly specialised in arranging male sex customers for teenage girls aged between 14 and 16.
A report by premiumtimesng.com said many of the girls were from broken home and had been lured into prostitution by the pastor under the pretext of giving them a place to stay.
During the raid on Madam Olupinla’s church, police rescued three girls whom they sent to the hospital.The report quoted one of the victims as saying that the pastor created an apartment within the church premises where men slept with them for N500 (GH¢6) per round.
“We charge N500 per sex in which Mama will collect N300 and give us N200,” she said.
She said each girl made N1,500 (GH¢18) per day, out of which they paid the pastor N900 (GH¢11).The victim added that many of the girls committed abortions to enable them to continue doing the business, adding that she committed five abortions.
The police are detaining Madam Olupinla ahead of her first court appearance.
She has, however, denied any wrong-doing, saying that she only did the girls a favour by giving them a place to stay.
The general overseer of Tongue of Fire Restoration Ministry frequently slept with the girls aged between 10 and 15, according to a report by the Allure magazine.