Sikira Owodunni, 21, was allegedly set ablaze by a pastor, Taiwo Odebiyi, while attempting to perform deliverance on her at his Cherubim and Seraphim Maberu Parish in Offin, Sagamu, Ogun State.
According to reports, the incident occurred on August 17, 2023, when the victim went to the church for a special prayer at the pastor’s invitation.
According to reports, the pastor instructed the victim to purchase Amazing Grace perfume, local eggs, and a candle for the special prayer.
The pastor was said to have poured perfume on the lady’s body and lit the candle while praying for her.
Immediately after the pastor lit the candle, Owodunni was said to have gone up in flames, causing serious burns to her chest, shoulder and legs.
It was also gathered from an eyewitness that the suspect was immediately arrested after the Divisional Police Officer in Adigbe, CSP Abdulfattah Ogunsanya, and his men stormed the premises on Tuesday.
According the The Punch, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Omolola Odutola, when contacted on Wednesday, noted that further investigation had commenced to unravel the circumstances surrounding the case.
“The lady was said to have been abandoned to fend for her medical bills after the incident. The victim has been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“Our men have arrested the suspect. The case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department after the preliminary investigation is perfected,” Odutola said.