The Deeper Life Bible Church in Awka, Anambra State, has excommunicated one of its members named Mr. Boniface Onyekwere over the alleged rape of a minor.
According to a statement signed by the State Overseer of the church, Pastor Jude C. Chukwuocha, Onyekwere will no longer be permitted to join the church services.
The 60-year-old was accused of the abuse of a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old underage girl who he reportedly attempted to marry.
As seen in the church’s statement dated April 26, the church claimed that Onyekwere was never a pastor with the church.
“This is to bring to the notice of the general public that one Mr. Boniface Onyekwere – a 60 years old man parading himself as a °Deeper Life Pastor” is neither a pastor nor a church worker at any level in Deeper Life Bible Church, Awka, Anambra State.
“For the avoidance of doubt, he just attended Deeper Life Bible Church as a member. This fellow was placed under discipline by the leadership of Deeper Life Bible Church in Awka in August 2021, when he was implicated in the case of abuse and an attempt to marry an underaged (16 years old) girl.
“…the general public should note the following the fellow who goes by the name Boniface Onyekwere identified in the allegation of rape of a 12-year-old girl is hereby excommunicated from any branch of Deeper Life Bible Church,” the statement said.