RCCG sacks pastor for attempting to sleep with member

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Redeemed Christian Church of God has sacked an Assistant Pastor of the church in Akure, Ondo State, Mr Gideon Bakare, for allegedly attempting to sleep with a housewife in her matrimonial home in the state capital.

The church also relieved him of all ministerial duties in the mission.

The pastor is seen naked in a viral video with the housewife sitting beside him while her family members record the scene.

The woman, in the video, accuses Bakare of wanting to sleep with her, as the cleric begs for mercy.

She also threatens to call his wife to see what he has done.

But the RCCG, in a statement by the Head, Media, and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, on Thursday, dissociated itself from the immoral act.

It described the pastor’s action as “completely contrary to the core values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the undiluted word of God.

“The church, after reviewing the report of its investigation, noted that by his conduct, Bakare has not only tainted his personal reputation but has portrayed the Church in a bad light.

“Mr Bakare has therefore been directed to return all official items in his custody and stay off all associated connections with the mission with immediate effect.”

Olubiyi explained that Bakare was a part-time pastor with the church, adding that his family was also devastated by the incident.

The sacked cleric, it was gathered, is a senior civil servant in the Ondo State Civil Service.

He had been allegedly pestering the woman for a relationship, as she decided to play along and set him up.

The sacked pastor had pulled his clothes while with the woman at her house when her family members came in.

Olubiyi, however, said despite the church’s decision, Bakare could still attend any of the ministry’s parishes.

He added that Bakare could appeal the church’s decision if he was not satisfied.

“The church is open to everybody. But the only thing is that he can no longer hold any position of responsibility in the church,” he said.