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Breaking: Lagos bishop Feyi Daniels jailed for life over raping assistant pastor

Breaking: Lagos bishop Feyi Daniels jailed for life over raping assistant pastor
  • PublishedJanuary 26, 2024

An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has sentenced a Lagos bishop, Feyi Daniels, to life imprisonment for raping his 23-year-old assistant (name withheld).

Justice Rahman Oshodi also sentenced Daniels, the Bishop of I Reign Christian Ministry, Lagos, to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old member of the church (count three of the four-count charge).

The judge held that the cleric should spend the rest of his life at the Kirikiri custodial facility in Lagos.

Oshodi held that the prosecution established the ingredients of the two offences.

According to him, Feyi Daniels is a liar and does not have any regard for truth.

The judge, however, discharged and acquitted him on count two of the charge, which is the rape of another member of the church (name withheld).

Oshodi held that there was an element of consent from the church member.

The judge also discharged and acquitted Daniels on count four of the charge, which is attempted rape of a member of the church.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Daniels faced an amended four-count charge bordering on rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault.

Rape contravenes Section 260(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Bishop Fey Daniels raped me while speaking in tongues, woman tells court

Recall an Ikeja sexual offences and domestic violence court on May 24, 2023, remanded a bishop identified as Oluwafeyiropo Daniels, for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman while “speaking in tongues.”

According to a report published on the subject matter on NAN, the clergyman reportedly raped the woman at his residence in Lekki, Lagos state.

The clergyman, who is the founder of ‘I Reign Christian Ministry, was earlier remanded for allegedly raping two of his church members at his residence in June 2020.

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During the trial, the victim, a member of the bishop’s church, was led in evidence by Babajide Boye, the state lead counsel.

The victim told the court that she heard her cousin listening to the bishops’s sermon on the phone while they were at her sister’s shop in Osogbo on January 2, 2019.

“I told my cousin the sermon was nice and he told me the name of the church which I searched for and followed its page on Facebook,” the victim said.

“After that, I was able to chat with Feyi on Facebook and he added me to a WhatsApp group called spiritual sonship group. she testified.

The alleged victim told the court that she met the defendant for the first time at a camp in 2019 when the church had a three-day retreat.

“He later had a programme at OAU which I attended and met Brother Isaac, one of his spiritual sons, and we exchanged numbers.

“From the sonship group, I took an assistant pastor / first prosecution witness (PW1) (name withheld) to be my prayer partner because, irrespective of our gender, we call ourselves sons.

“On the WhatsApp group, Feyi dropped a message that all sons should pick a convenient time to fast for 70 days, pray for two hours and break at 6.00 p.m. daily and come to Lagos for laying of hands after the fasting,” she testified.

The witness told the court that the defendant told her personally to come to Lagos for laying of hands after the fasting.

“On September 8 2019, I told her (PW1) that I was going to Lagos for the laying of hands but the programme started late and there was nowhere to sleep because I had no one I could stay with, in Lagos.

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“PW1 told me to call and tell Feyi Daniels that I had no one to stay with for the night, and I did.

“He said there was no problem, and this made me to follow him to his house with some other members, including Bro Israel and his wife, but they later left the house that same day,” she said.

The witness said that a lady identified simply as Rachael took her to a room where she slept.

“The following morning, Feyi Daniels came out of his room and laid his hands on my head and started praying for me at the dining section, after I greeted him.

“I went inside the room to start preparing to go to Osogbo, and he told me there was food in the kitchen, that I should eat.

“I was eating at the dining when he came to meet me again and said, ‘Are you in your period?’

“I said, ‘No”, and he went back to his room.

“I did not see Rachael in the morning though we slept in the same room,” she said.

The alleged survivor further told the court that the defendant came to her again and told her that he had an instruction for her but would want her to hear it herself.

She said: “There are two portraits of one Prophet Babajide David Olulana in Feyi Daniels’ living room whom he told me was his spiritual father.

“Feyi Daniels told me to carry one of the portraits and stare at it so that I can hear the instruction myself, which I did.

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“After a while, he came out of his room and asked if I heard anything.

“I told him,” No”. He then said that the portrait was talking to me but I could not receive it.

“He said his spiritual father would use another means to speak to me.

“I then got a text message on my phone with the sender showing Babajide. I could not call the number but the message read, ‘Whatever your father asks you to do, do it for your own good’.”

According to the witness, the defendant later came out and asked if she had received any sign.

“I told him I got a message. He said I should delete the message.

“Feyi Daniels told me that when I was born, my aunt did something to me that prevented my progress in life.

“He said the instruction he received was for him to help me so that I could be free from my aunt.

“I asked what the instructions were, and he said the instruction was for him to have sex with me.

“I was confused at this point. His eyes had already changed and he told me to go to his room.”

She told the court that when she got there, the two portraits of Prophet Babajide were on the bed.

“He (defendant) was playing a Christian song with the title, ‘Let Praises Rise’ on his phone.

“He pushed me on the bed, I tried to move away but he pulled me back as I was already naked.

“While Feyi Daniels was speaking in tongue, he was having sex with me,” she testified.

Written By
Regina Robinson

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