Michael Oluronbi, a UK-based Nigerian pastor, who was recently convicted of raping six young girls and a boy, has said he should not have been a human being.
According to West Midland Police, Oluronbi targeted his victims within the period of over 20 years, with help from Juliana, his wife.
Oluronbi, 60, a self-proclaimed pastor and pharmacist, was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault during last Friday’s ruling by a Birmingham crown court.
Juliana was also convicted of three counts bordering on aiding and abetting rape for help, facilitating abortion of pregnancies her husband was responsible for.
Oluronbi was said to often carry out such act under the guise of conducting “spiritual bathing,” which he said would “cleanse them of evil spirits.”
The court held that Oluronbi took some of his female victims, who got pregnant after having sex with them to clinics for abortion, with a view of concealing his acts.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), also disclosed that his victims “fell under the benign influence and authority the defendants held, and honestly believed their actions were on God’s behalf”.
The clergyman regretted his evil acts in a confessional statement, blaming them on the devil.
He also branded himself an “animal, not meant to be human.”
“Everything was just my fault, and as I said before, I was not meant to be human… I was not meant to live under the roof of any human being. And I said I was an animal,” he can be heard saying in a video clip, while being grilled by one of the victims’ relative.
Phil Bradley QC, the prosecutor, told the court that the pastor’s major purpose was achieving “sexual gratification”, not “cleansing” as claimed.
“The Crown’s case is that Mr Oluronbi used what he called ‘spiritual work’ as a subterfuge for that sexual abuse,” he told the jury.
“The main tactic he employed was to claim that God had instructed him to administer ‘holy baths’ to some of his congregation in order to ‘cleanse’ them and protect them from evil influences.
“That activity began when his victims were children. There can be no doubt that its real purpose was to serve his sexual gratification.”
Bradley further said for some of the female victims, the assault “progressed to repeated rapes on many occasions, leading to unwanted pregnancies and terminations,” by his young female victims.
“You will learn that this man, who was revered and feared by his victims, kept a vice-like grip on many of them and continued to abuse them well into adulthood,” he said.
On his part, Nick Walton, the detective superintendent of West Midlands Police, told the jury that the pastor mostly got access to his young female victims, after persuading their parents on the need to have “spiritual baths”
“He convinced a number of children… that these can benefit them either religiously, from a health perspective, or educationally,’ he said.
“They’d be taken upstairs to the bathroom, stripped naked, sometimes wearing a red girdle – like a sash – and he would wash them down.
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“On occasion he would sexually assault them, but also take them to an adjacent bedroom and subject them to sexual assaults and rape.”
The offences began in 1989, after Oluronbi set up a church group, an arm of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, a popular Christian movement in Nigeria, at a house in Winson Green, Birmingham.
His acts, which reportedly occurred over 20 years, were said to have taken “physical and mental toll” on his victims.
He was arrested at Birmingham Airport in May last year, while reportedly trying to come to Nigeria.
The jury could not reach a verdict on six charges, after Oluronbi pleaded “not guilty” to one rape and an attempted rape charges.
Oluronbi and his wife will be sentenced next month.