A Nigerian born prophet of the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church has earned himself 34 years in prison in Britain, after he was convicted of a catalogue of rape against children and adults spanning over 20 years.
A judge revealed that the cleric known as prophet Michael Oluronbi carried out “one of the worst cases of sexual abuse” against children to come to court.
The 60 years old Oluronbi, was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault at a trial that ended in January.
The court was told how the convict in at least, 88 separate occasions, had raped his victims, who are now adults.
Some offences were said to have been carried out after he convinced some of his victims to take part in “spiritual bathing”, which he said would “cleanse” them of evil spirits.
The Birmingham Crown Court in central England was also told that some of his young female victims became pregnant several times.
Oluronbi, a trained pharmacist, however, took them to abortion clinics to hide his crimes.
His wife, Juliana, 58, was slammed 11 years jail term after being found guilty of three charges of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.
Judge Sarah Buckingham described Oluronbi as “arrogant, selfish and vain”, adding: “You abused your position of trust.
“They (his victims) trusted you like God…. In my judgment, your offending must be one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts.”
Oluronbi whose victims described as “controlling”, was arrested when one of those he abused came forward. He was detained by police last year at Birmingham airport on his way to Nigeria.
Asked about the offences, which took place in Birmingham and London dating back to the 1980s, the court was told he said: “The devil made me do it.”
Oluronbi was linked to a Birmingham branch of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, which was founded in Nigeria.
He was said to have set up a splinter group separate from the church and at another address for about 40 adults and children, where he began his practice of “spiritual bathing”, jurors heard.