Nigerian Pastor bags 34 years prison sentence in UK

Youths Digest – An evangelical pastor was jailed for 34 years in Britain on Friday, after he was convicted of a catalogue of rape and sexual abuse against children and adults over two decades.

A judge said self – styled prophet Michael Oluronbi carried out “ one of the worst cases of sexual abuse ” against children to come to court.

Oluronbi , 60, who is originally from Nigeria, was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault at a trial that ended in January.

The court was told there were at least 88 separate occasions on which he raped his victims , who are now adults.

Some offences were carried out after he convinced some of his victims to take part in “ spiritual bathing ”, which he said would “ cleanse” them of evil spirits.

Birmingham Crown Court in Central England was told some of his young female victims became pregnant several times.

But Oluronbi , a trained pharmacist , took them to abortion clinics to hide his crimes.

The minister ’ s wife , Juliana , 58, was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of three charges of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.

Judge Sarah Buckingham called Oluronbi “ arrogant, selfish and vain ”, adding , “ You abused your position of trust.

“ They (his victims ) trusted you like God … . In my judgment , your offence must be one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts . ”

Oluronbi , described by his victims as “ controlling ”, was arrested when one of those he abused came forward . He was detained by police last year at Birmingham airport on his way to Nigeria.

When asked about the offences , which took place in Birmingham and London dating back to the 1980 s, the court was told , he said , “The devil made me do it . ”
The court was told Oluronbi was linked to a Birmingham branch of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church , which was founded in Nigeria.

He set up a splinter group separate from the church and at another address for about 40 adults and children , where he began his practice of “ spiritual bathing ”, jurors heard.

Evangelical churches are hugely popular in Nigeria , predominantly in the Christian South.

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