Bishop Daniels, the founder of a church in Lagos State, has been accused of raping an assistant female pastor at his home in the state’s Lekki neighborhood.
Daniels who is reportedly married with children, allegedly raped the victim on two separate occasions, according to the victim, who also stated that she bled during the encounter.
Our source learned that the victim, who lives outside of Lagos, was summoned to the church’s Lagos headquarters where the assault occurred.
She said, “He wanted me to attend a meeting and the date clashed with my brother’s wedding. So, I didn’t attend the meeting and as punishment, he ordered church members at my branch not to celebrate my birthday and instructed me to report to the church’s headquarters in Lagos for punishment.
“So, I went to his house in Lekki for the punishment and when I got there, he said I should strip naked because he wanted to beat me. He was alone at home. He saw that I was shocked at his statement and started making me feel guilty.
“He said his spiritual father tested him in many areas and after hours of contemplating, he became angry that I disobeyed him. So, I went into the guest room, took off my clothes and closed my eyes as I came out to meet him. He told me not to close my eyes, and ordered me to kneel as he sat on a chair.
“He saw my nakedness and said he wanted to test my loyalty and was not having sex with me. He told me to put my clothes back and after wearing them, he told me to take them off again and I did. He later told me to go and not tell anyone, but after leaving his place, I told some of our senior church members.”
The woman claimed that when she came home, Daniels called her to tell her that she needed to come to his house for another incident.
“So, while at his residence, he informed me he was going to punish me for an offense and that I needed to transcribe the messages in one of his lessons,” she explained. The pastor of the branch in Ibadan and his wife, whom I had met the day before at his household, left the next day, leaving me alone in the house with Bishop Daniels.
“So, while in the sitting room with him, he attempted to kiss me and I stopped him; then he slapped me. He was angry and said the last time he told me to go naked, he didn’t do anything with me. So, he left and I went into the room to sleep.
“The following day, we were in the sitting room listening to a pastor’s message when he said I should go naked again. I did, and surprisingly, he also went naked and raped me for about 30 minutes till I started bleeding because of the tears I sustained despite not being a virgin.
“The incident happened around 10pm; I was dumbfounded. He told me to go inside the room to clean up myself and before I returned, he had cleaned up the blood on the floor. He told me not to tell anyone, but I told a pastor in my church.”
The Lagos bishop refused to let her leave his residence, according to the victim, who said that when he tried to rape her the next night, she pleaded with him that she was weary.
“I welcomed him in the morning, but he didn’t respond,” the 22-year-old stated. Later, he began to remark that I should consider myself fortunate that he had such an experience with me. He suddenly stripped off my clothes and raped me again, and I bled profusely the second time. It was a horrific experience for me.
“He told me to go to the bathroom to wash and he cleaned the blood before I came out. I picked up my phone, informed the pastor of my branch and another church member of our branch, who decided to come to the pastor’s house.
“The Lagos bishop started begging me and said he never knew what came over him. When the church member came, I wanted to follow her out to tell her the story, but he prevented me from leaving the house. I later left his house but while thinking about the incident, I felt suicidal.
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“I stopped going to the church and my branch has been closed down. I reported the incident to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Alagbon, in 2020. But the investigating police officer, one inspector Samuel, told me to bring N70,000 if I wanted him arrested.
“I did not have that money and had to stop going to the station. Bishop Daniels started sending people to beg me, but I just moved on. Recently, two other victims reached out to me that Bishop Daniels attempted to have sex with them and I got someone ready to sponsor my case.
“So, I instituted the case again last month at the FCID Alagbon and he was arrested last week. I want justice, but the police have yet to charge him to court even after I gave them all my evidence, including how he was threatening me over the case and how his wife was begging me.”
Contacted to get his reaction regarding the victim’s allegations, Daniels said, “I don’t know or have any pastor with the name you gave me. If you want to publish an article, I will be glad to make money.”
However, the bishop was overheard urging the victim that they should commit sin together in one of the audio recordings she supplied to our journalist.
The victim was heard screaming in another audio recording, challenging the bishop for telling someone she wanted sex with him and he gave it to her.
“Don’t say it to anybody,” Daniels says in the clip. “I haven’t even been talking to anybody.”
The Lagos bishop was arrested and jailed for six days after the victim filed a complaint, according to a spokesperson for the FCID, Niyi Ogundeyi.
He said, “The case was initially reported in 2020, but the complainant said the case was not properly handled and it was referred to Supol Yemi. Bishop Daniels was arrested and detained for six days. Afterwards, he was released because he is entitled to bail and the police have no right to detain him perpetually.
“Meanwhile, investigation is ongoing and an appointment has been given to all parties to visit the command on Thursday. The allegation against him is that he sexually harassed her and other people corroborated the evidence of the complainant. Investigation is ongoing.”