Pastor Paul Goodness whose daughter was raped on Wednesday told the Karu Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, that he had forgiven Paul Fidelis, the 24-year-old accused of raping his daughter. The accused pleaded not guilty when the case was mentioned on Oct. 3.
Goodness told the court that “I have forgiven the alleged offender. As a pastor who preaches to people about forgiveness, I feel I should show good example. Fidelis’ family members have
come and pleaded with me.”
The magistrate, Christopher Oba, however warned Goodness of the implication of his decision. “You don’t let your 13-year-old-daughter to be molested and you want to overlook it in the name of compassion. This act of defilement can negatively affect her for the rest of her life; it may make her not to trust any man again.”
When it was clear that the Pastor’s mind was made up to forgive, the magistrate ordered that Fidelis should be given 21 strokes of the cane while he should also sign a bond of peace that would run for 10 years- Wole Streetjournal