For attempting to sleep with a married woman in her matrimonial home, a Nigerian pastor, Gideon Bakare, has been excommunicated by his church, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Until he was excommunicated, Bakare was an assistant pastor in one of the branches of the church in Akure, capital of Ondo State, South West Nigeria.
The clergyman was also relieved of all his ministerial duties.
Punch newspaper reports that Bakare is seen a viral video naked as the woman sits beside him while her family films the shot.
The woman is also seen accusing Bakare of wanting to sleep with her as the pastor begs for mercy. She is also heard threatening to call his wife to see what he had done.
In a statement by Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, its Head, Media and Public Relations, on July 9, RCCG said it had dissociated itself from the alleged immoral act.
“The act is completely contrary to the core values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the undiluted word of God,” the statement said.
“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.”