Coordinator of MINE Teenage Ministry and pastor at The Ark Church Timi Adigun has apologised for sexually abusing some females who were under his mentorship.
Several persons called out Adigun on Wednesday and Thursday and accused him of sexual abuse.
Adigun oversaw a teenage ministry based in Lagos which preaches sexual purity and even has a day marked ‘Virginity Day’.
In his public apology posted on his Instagram page on Friday, the sexual purity preacher admitted that he behaved inappropriately with some of the female church members.
He, however, said there was no sexual intercourse with any of them, much less a minor.
He said, “My name is Timi Adigun. I have been called out on social media platforms, and this is my humble response. I want to say I am deeply sorry to everyone my actions and inactions have hurt at this time.
“The truth is, I was involved in inappropriate behaviour with females over a couple of years. I went against the sexual purity message I preach and believe in, and I am so sorry. I failed those of you who look up to me. Please find a place in your hearts to forgive me.
“I want to humbly state that there was no sexual intercourse with any, none was a minor, and my wife did not know about these actions while they happened (sic). I have apologised to God, my wife, my in-laws, my family and some ministry members. I am here apologising publicly.
“I have apologised several times to all the ladies involved and also apologised to some family members. The final apology came in September when I sent voice note apologies to all of them for taking advantage of their trust in me and they all, at different times, accepted my apology.”
Adigun claimed that the teenage ministry which tweeted to confirm his acts on Thursday was led by ministry leaders who had had clashes with him at different times and used the occasion of this knowledge to get back at him.
“I had stepped down in October from ministry and church. I only maintained a fellowship for the people that still wanted me to teach them the WORD. So, it is a fellowship running in the interim, not a church as of now.
“Then I also came back on social media prematurely, and I apologise. I would be off until January when I am restored to the pulpit,” he added.