Rape: Nigeria pastor bags 12 years imprisonment

Mr. Basil Princewill, Mountain Mover Ministry International, has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by Abuja Federal High Court for raping a 14-year-old girl.

Princewill whose church is located at Nyanya a satellite town of Abuja was sentenced by Mr. Hussein Baba-Yusuf, the presiding judge.

The pastor was charged to court by the police for raping a 14 years old girl inside his church at Nyanya on the July 27 and December 31, 2011.

Princewill drugged the girl and made attempt to abort the pregnancy while the pastor was charged on four counts on rape, impersonation and attempt to cause abortion and abetting miscarriage.

Passing verdict on Tuesday, the judge described the action of the pastor as ”shameful and satanic” crime.

” l must consider the faith of a young girl and society.  It is even worrisome when the person involved is a man of God who we should look up to as next to God, those who serve in the Lord’s vineyard are expected to be an example to the society. We have a duty to send a signal that this attitude should not be tolerated; it is regrettable that the person who called himself a man of God will be involved in such shameful disgraceful and satanic act.  He would face the prison walls like a monastery so that when he comes out, he would have been born again,” the judge said.

This is not the first tie pastors are seen raping girls with many of the victims worshipping in their church.

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