The Women and Children Division of the Liberia National Police charges a 37-year-old Pastor of the Royal Apostolic Church in Ganta, Nimba County with rape.
Pastor Lowise Lulu Donzo, who falsely identified himself to the Police as Lowise Falapay Fanandex was arrested Monday, 15 July at the Ganta-Guinea border while en-route to Guinea with a 14-year-old minor.
The prelate, who was trained in Nigeria for over five years before coming to Liberia, has spent two years in Ganta prior to the incident.
He was taking the minor to his spiritual mother in the Republic of Guinea for prayers when joint security apprehended and turned him over to the Women and Children Division where he confessed that the victim is instead, his wife.
According to Police charged sheet, Pastor Donzo has allegedly been in sexual relationship with the minor for over two years before his arrest.
Rape cases are on the increase in Ganta, Nimba County and other parts of Liberia.
Suspect Donzo is being held at the Sanniquellie Central Prison in Sanniquellie City, awaiting trial.
The arrest of the Royal Apostolic Church Pastor brings to nine the number of suspected rapists arrested in Ganta and surrounding towns and villages in less than five months.
A report from the Women and Children Division of the Police lists the suspects as 43-year-old Kamanseh Nya, a resident of Larry Village in District#8 along the Ganta-Gbarnga highway, who was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl, while Sundayboy Suah 36, allegedly raped his 17-year-old step-daughter, impregnating her. Others include, a 23-year-old Nigerian, Trokon Hawe, who allegedly raped a 10-year-old minor in Ganta, 42-year-old Nya Borbor of District#2 for allegedly raping his 7-year-old daughter, who came from school and was on her way to their farm when she fell prey to her dad, and 32-year-old Pastor Prince Nuah, currently on trial in Sanniquellie, among others.
Until last year, rape had been a non-bailable offense here with penalty raging from 10 years to life imprisonment, but perpetrators seem undeterred. By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne