Paul, who founded the defunct Paul Zion Deliverance Ministry, Asaba, sold scriptural items in the shop, which was opposite a parish of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) on Ibusa Road.

21-year-old Esther had attended a vigil at the Living Faith Church with her family members on Friday, January 12, when Paul allegedly hypnotised and abducted her.

It was gathered that the family members searched for her around the church after the vigil to no avail.

They subsequently reported a case of missing person at the A Division of the Delta State Police Command, while the church prayed for her safe return.

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A friend of the victim’s brother had reportedly gone to buy something at Paul’s shop on Thursday when he sighted her and informed the family.

Esther’s elder brother said that some church workers apprehended the suspect and held him until the police arrived.

He said Esther was taken to the police clinic at Asaba, where a test carried out on her confirmed that she was raped.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said the police had commenced investigation into the matter, adding that the command had yet to establish the rape allegation.

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