On Thursday, an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti sentenced Prophet Olakanye Oni, a preacher, to life in prison for the circumstances that led to the death of a woman who sought spiritual treatment from him.
“The prophet, sometime in March 2017, brought one Omowale Gbadamosi from Lagos to Ado Ekiti on the pretence that he (the cleric) had the answer to her barrenness,” according to the prosecution team led by Mr Julius Ajibare, Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State.
He took N52,000 from the victim when she arrived at his church, Palace of Mercy, Mathew Street, Odo Ado Area, Ado Ekiti. He hypnotized and enticed the victim into his room. He then raped her while spreading a white cloth over her.
“After cleaning the victim’s private parts with a white handkerchief, the convict put a substance suspected to be potash into her vagina. As a result of the material placed into the victim’s vagina by the priest, the victim’s vagina deteriorated, resulting in the victim’s death.”
The prosecution called six witnesses to prove their case, while Chris Omokhafe, the defence attorney, called the convict and another witness.
The cleric was sentenced to life in jail for manslaughter by Justice Abiodun Adesodun.