Pastor sentenced to life imprisonment for raping minor in Rivers

39-year-old pastor, Justice Aniele, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Aniele, who is a pastor with a Pentecostal church was said to have raped his victim and got her pregnant. The victim, an orphan kept under his care, gave birth a baby that later died.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the incident took place at Amaji community in Omuma Local Government Area of the state on 11 December 2017.

The trial judge, Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu, in her judgment, found the accused guilty of the charges.

The court held that Aniele did not show any remorse for his actions, but attempted to abort the pregnancy more than once and threatened to kill the victim should she reveal the truth to anyone.

The offense is punishable under the Rivers State Child Right Law 2009.

Speaking to journalists outside the courtroom, the prosecution counsel, Lilian Franklin described the judgment as “well served”

Defence counsel however declined comments on the judgment.


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