After claims by Beatrice Wealth, a former basketball player of being sexually abused by the church\u2019s Director of Sport, Pastor Paul Bankole, in his office in 2016, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has now spoken! Wealth, who represented the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos in basketball competitions, made the allegation on Twitter on Sunday. \u201cOur attention has been drawn to your (Wealth\u2019s) tweet on sexual harassment by Pastor Paul Bankole during your visit to his office at the Redemption Camp,\u201d Funso Odesola, an Assistant General Overseer in RCCG, stated in a reply to Wealth\u2019s allegations on Twitter made available to our correspondent. \u201cWe would like to have a physical meeting with you at your earliest convenience in order to further investigate these allegations to forestall a reoccurrence. \u201cPlease accept our utmost apology for whatever you might have passed through as a result of this act.\u201d When PUNCH contacted Olaitan Olubiyi, Public Relations Officer, RCCG, on the church\u2019s investigation of the issue, he stated, \u201cI really don\u2019t know, we just saw this (Wealth\u2019s allegation) on social media (on Sunday) and if the church decides to take some steps towards confirming the situation, that\u2019s just it.\u201d Wealth told PUNCH that she was sexually assaulted by Bankole in his office in 2016 when she was 20, adding that the incident stopped her from competing for a place in the RCCG basketball team at the time. \u201cI was 20 at that time and was introduced to the RCCG Director of Sport (Bankole) by a friend who was at the time recruiting for a new basketball team,\u201d Wealth said. Beatrice and Pastor Bankole \u201cHe (Bankole) invited me to the Redemption Camp to see the basketball court there. That was my first time and I was excited at what I saw. I even made a video about my experience there. After my first training, he told me I would be attending training once a week. \u201cMy next session, he came to pick me up at the Redemption Camp\u2019s gate and he drove me to his office, saying he had some things to do there before training. \u201cWhile I was there, I took a book from his shelf to read because I was bored. Afterwards, he asked to see the gallery on my phone, which I obliged. He saw a picture of a quote about love and he said \u2018send me this\u2019, which I did via WhatsApp.\u201d Wealth added, \u201cHe then made a remark on my lips via WhatsApp, but I took it as a compliment. Then he asked me to sit on his laps but I refused and he replied \u2018don\u2019t you want to make me happy?\u2019 \u201cHe then dragged me by the waist while trying to touch me inappropriately, and he forced a kiss on me but my lips were closed. \u201cI told him to stop, that I didn\u2019t want to and after trying several times, he stopped. When he saw I didn\u2019t react, he left me and said he wanted to cool off. \u201cAt that point, I was confused because it was the first time I was experiencing such. We went for training afterwards but I was raging at the incident that happened in his office. I was not focused throughout the session we had. \u201cAfter training, he gave me N500 for transport home after he dropped me at the Redemption Camp\u2019s gate. \u201cI didn\u2019t tell anyone when I got home but my belief in God at that point became really shaky as I wondered why a supposed man of God would do that. He was married and probably in his sixties with grey hair.\u201d Meanwhile, the Chairman\/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has praised Wealth\u2019s courage for speaking out. \u201cI commend you for the courage to talk about your experience and I believe your story. I hope he has the conscience to repent, apologise and not try that ever again with other females,\u201d she tweeted.