Peckham bishop and secretary jailed over sex attacks on teen and woman at private prayer sessions

Mark Chandler
Jailed: Rose Nwenwu and Benjamin Egbujor: Met Police

A bishop and his female secretary have been jailed after a woman and teenage girl were sexually assaulted during private prayer sessions at their south London Christian centre.

Benjamin Egbujor, 55, carried out the attacks at the Jubilee Christian Centre in Penarth Street, Peckham, forcing the victims to strip before oil was poured over them.

During his lone attack on the girl, who was under 16 at the time, the bishop took her into his private office where he forced her to undress before assaulting her.

After police started investigating the attack, a woman in her 30s came forward who said she had also been abused by Egbujor.

On that occasion, his secretary Rose Nwenwu, 43, also took part, taking off the woman’s clothes and covering her in oil.

The offences took place at the centre between March 2011 and January 2013.

On Friday, Egbujor, 55, of Harold Avenue, Belvedere, was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to three years and four months in jail.

He had earlier been convicted of sexual assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Nwenwu, of Thurlestone Road, West Norwood, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for sexual assault and three years, to be served concurrently, for helping and encouraging Egbujor.

Police Constable James Bell, of the Met’s Offences and Child Abuse Command, said: “Egbujor and Nwenwu preyed on their victim's vulnerabilities, whilst satisfying their own sexual urges under the guise of private prayer.

“I commend the victims for their courage and commitment in this case. I fear there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and I urge them or any victim of sexual abuse to tell the police what happened.”

Anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault should contact their local police force, or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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