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06.06.2004 Tabloid News

Pastor Impregnates Prayer 'Client'

By Heritage
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Victim Suffers Miscarriage After Drinking 'Holy Water'

Mrs. Mercy Yeboah, a trader, is counting the cost for her misjudgment after allegedly falling to the sexual exploits of a man of God when she innocently obeyed his advice, which she thought could help her solve her problems. Now Mrs. Yeboah, whose husband is resident abroad, says she feels used and abused after she was allegedly drugged and later raped by Pastor Willie Arko in the Mission House of the Resurrection Church in the Central Region.

Mrs. Yeboah and Pastor Arko are currently contesting the case in the Accra High Court. The Man of God has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and defrauding by false pretence at the Court where Mr. Justice S. G. Okraku granted him bail in the sum of ¢50million and adjourned the case to June 9.

According to Mrs. Yeboah, she narrated her personal problems to Pastor Arko after which the Man of God invited her to his place, assuring her that the only way the problem could be solved was for her to come and stay with him so they could pray and fast together for a couple of weeks.

She said: "The very day I arrived at the Mission House, Pastor Arko gave me 'Holy Water' to drink and in the process I became intoxicated and slept".

Continuing, she said: "While sleeping, pastor Arko undressed me and started making love to me. When I opened my eyes, I saw Pastor Arko lying on me".

Mrs. Yeboah said when she asked the pastor why he was doing that, he told her to cast her mind back on what she does with her husband who is now domiciled in the United States.

Mrs. Yeboah narrated how she noticed after two weeks that she was pregnant and informed the pastor who accepted responsibility. She said at a later date, Pastor Arko gave her another dose of 'holy water' after which she had a miscarriage.

She alleged that Pastor Arko later collected ¢6.3 million from her under the pretext of blessing it before she starts transacting business with it. After parting with the money, Mrs. Yeboah said Pastor Arko warned her not to step foot in the Mission House again. However, Mrs. Yeboah said on June 29, last year, she went to the church to demand her money but Pastor Arko got offended when he saw her coming, adding that the pastor came out and pushed her heavily on the ground while his newly found girlfriend poured urine on her and a taxi driver who had come to pick the pastor also joined in beating her up.