(PHOTOS) 2 Nigerians. Bishop, Secretary, Get Prison For London Saxual Attacks. UK-based Nigerian Bishop has been jailed in London for saxually assaulting a 16 year old girl and another woman during “private prayer sessions”. 55 year old Benjamin Egbujor, a Bishop at the Jubilee Christian Centre in Peckham, South London was jailed along with his female secretary, Rose Nwenwu, who acted as his accomplice.
Benjamin Egbujor and Rose Nwenwu reportedly preyed on their victim’s vulnerabilities, whilst satisfying their own saxual urges under the guise of private prayer.
The Inner London Crown Court heard the victim, who was under the age of 16, was told by Egbujor, a bishop at the Jubilee Christian Centre in Peckham, South London, that she had been “chosen” to attend a special private prayer session. After being taken into his private office, the girl was exploited by being forced to undress, and oil was poured over her.
Met Police detectives started an investigation in January 2014, after the girl disclosed to her family she had been abused by Egbujor. Their investigation also led to the discovery that another woman in her thirties had been saxually assaulted by Egbujor in a separate incident.
Egbujor, of Belvedere, Kent, was sentenced to three years in prison for the saxual assault and four months, to be served consecutively, for inciting a child to engage in saxual activity.
Nwenwu, 43, of West Norwood, London, was also sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for saxual assault and three years, to be served concurrently, for helping and encouraging Egbujor. The adult victim said the bishop was assisted in his degrading attack by his secretary, 43-year-old Rose Nwenwu, who took part by undressing the victim and pouring oil over her.
Detective Inspector Angela Craggs, of the Met’s Saxual Offences and Child Abuse Command, said:
“Egbujor and Nwenwu exploited the trust of their congregation when they targeted and abused these victims.They believed their position within the church would protect them from facing justice, but the court has held them accountable for their actions. I hope this conviction serves to empower victims of saxual 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.”
Both were made subject of a Saxual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the Sax Offenders’ Register.
PC James Bell, of the Met’s Offences and Child Abuse Command, said: “Egbujor and Nwenwu preyed on their victim’s vulnerabilities, whilst satisfying their own saxual urges under the guise of private prayer. I commend the victims for their courage and commitment in this case.
“I fear there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and I urge them or any victim of saxual abuse to tell the police what happened.”