By Femi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Pastor of a Pentecostal church, Daniel Onwugbufor, is currently cooling off his heels in the custody of Ogun State Police Command for alleged armed robbery.
The Pastor, who is the General Overseer of God’s Favour Ministry located in Iba, Lagos State, was arrested alongside one Israel Animashaun on Thursday, February 1 by men of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) led by Uba Adams in Ogun State.
Their arrest, according to a statement by the Ogun State Police Command’s Spokesman, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi in Abeokuta on Sunday, followed series of car snatching reports “which the Command has been trying to unravel. Their efforts paid off when one of the snatched car, a Lexus RX 330 jeep was tracked down to the Pastor at his Iba residence, consequence upon which the Pastor was promptly arrested.”
On interrogation, Animasaun confessed to be a member of a three-man gang of armed robbery syndicate who specialised in snatching of exotic cars on gun point was later arrested, disclosing that he and two others snatched the Lexus SUV at gun point at Ajah in Lagos and took it to the Pastor who used to help them in selling such stolen items.
He stated further that the Pastor only paid him the sum of N350,000 for the car after using it for two weeks before he sent it to his other accomplice in Onitsha who is still at large.
He also informed the Police that he once robbed somebody of a galaxy samsung handset which the Pastor bought for N35,000 from him. The Pastor who first denied knowing Animasaun to be an armed robber later confessed when confronted by the said Animasaun, blaming his action on the devil.
He informed the Police that the snatched Jeep had been sent to his accomplice in Onitsha, Anambra State, but promised to work with law enforcement agents to get the said accomplice arrested.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu had directed the FSARS operatives to intensify effort to get all members of the syndicate arrested. Iliyasu urged members of the public to always give necessary information to the Police in order to rid the State of crime practitioners.