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Pastor Faces Trial for Alleged Defilement of 17-Year-Old Church Member

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LAGOS, NIGERIA – An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court heard evidence on Monday, March 27, 2023, regarding the alleged defilement of a 17-year-old daughter of a church member by Pastor Chris Mcdouglas, overseer of Peculiar Generation Assembly Church in Lagos.

Medical doctor Mrs. Maria Fadaka provided testimony in the case before Justice Ramon Oshodi.

Mcdouglas has been charged with a nine-count indictment, including defilement and sexual assault by penetration, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Dr. Babajide Martins, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), led Dr. Fadaka in presenting evidence to the court.

Fadaka recounted that the survivor, whose name has been withheld, sought a medical examination on May 12, 2020, a week after the last alleged sexual encounter with Mcdouglas.

Fadaka, a public health officer at the Mirabel Centre at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), testified that the survivor reported being raped by her pastor.

She noted that the last incident occurred approximately a month before the survivor’s presentation at the center.

Chris Mcdouglas
Chris Mcdouglas

The medical examination results revealed evidence of “forceful and repeated vagina penetration.”

The court admitted a copy of the medical report, dated May 14, 2020, into evidence after no objections were raised by the defense.

During cross-examination by defense counsel Suleiman Salami, Fadaka acknowledged that someone who had consensual sex could experience repeated vaginal penetration.

She also stated that the survivor did not mention being defiled anally and that no DNA test was conducted to confirm the defendant’s involvement in the alleged offenses.

After Fadaka’s testimony, the prosecution announced its intention to close its case against Mcdouglas. The defense informed the court that it would file a no-case submission and serve copies to the prosecution.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the case until April 27 for the filing and adoption of the no-case submission by the defense. The survivor’s mother and Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Akikuowo Omiere, testified against the pastor on January 9, 2023.

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