Rufus Adepoju, the Diocesan Bishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) of Ekiti West has been suspended over alleged sexual misconduct.

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Announcement of his suspension was conveyed in a letter dated December 11, 2020, and signed by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba.

It was learnt that Adepoju who was allegedly caught with the wife of a priest under his employment and care, has admitted wrongdoing. With his suspension, the Bishop would not partake in any church activity for a year. 

The letter read; 

“Advent greetings in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ. We write with a deep sense of concern and pain to suspend you from office as the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ekiti West.

“This is sequel to your conduct giving just cause for scandal and abhorrent sexual behaviour with the wife of a priest under your employment and care. These facts were admitted by you in a meeting in our office held on Thursday December 10, 2020.

“By this suspension, you are not to partake in any activity of the Diocese as the Diocesan Bishop for a period of one (1) year effective from the date of this letter. Please report and handover to your Archbishop and for further spiritual guidance.

“It is our prayer that you will use the period to seek the face of God as we join in upholding you in prayers. The supervision of the Diocese of Ekiti has hereby devolved upon us the Primate of All Nigeria. The LORD be with you.”

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