A UK-based pastor, believed to be originally from Nigeria, has been jailed in London for s*xually assaulting a girl and a woman during “private prayer sessions”.
50-year-old Benjamin Egbujor, of Harold Avenue in Kent, was found guilty of s*xual assault and causing a child to engage in s*xual activity. His 43-year-old secretary, Rose Nwenwu, of Thurlestone Road in London, was also found guilty of aiding him and of participating in s*xual assault.
The Metropolitan Police said Bejamin and Rose committed the offences at their Jubilee Christian Centre (JCC) in Penarth Street in London. “Officers in the S*xual Offences and Child Abuse Command started an investigation in January 2014 after a teenage girl disclosed to her family she had been abused by Egbujor,” the Met said.
“The victim, who was under the age of 16, said Egbujor told her she had been chosen to attend an individual prayer session. After being taken into his private office, the girl was forced to undress and oil was poured over her.
“Officers also interviewed a woman in her 30s who disclosed she had also been s*xually assaulted by Egbujor. The adult victim said Nwenwu, who worked as Egbujor’s secretary, also took part in the sexual assault by taking her clothes off and pouring oil over her,” the Met police added.
Egbujor was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in jail while Nwenwu received a 3-year jail sentence. They were also made subject of a S*xual Harm Prevention Order and will now have to sign the S*x Offenders’ Register.
An officer, Detective Inspector Angela Craggs, said: “I hope this conviction serves to empower victims of s*xual violence to come forward and report to police, and as a warning to offenders who think they can use their position to protect them from the law.”
Police Constable James Bell said: “Egbujor and Nwenwu preyed on their victim’s vulnerabilities, whilst satisfying their own s*xual urges under the guise of private prayer. I fear there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and I urge them to come forward.”