- A 41-year-old pastor has been arrested for stealing N1.2 million worth of SUV from a car dealer in Ogun state
- The pastor blamed the devil and poor tithe contribution from his congregation for the action
- The Ogun state Police command said that Ehindero’s alleged accomplices have also been arrested and will be charged to court soon
A pastor at the Jesus Miracle Church in Sango-Ota, Ogun state has blamed the devil and poor tithe contributions from his congregations at No. 16, Ado-Odo Road, Afan, for stealing a N1.2 million vehicle.
Jeremiah Ehindero, said he stole the N1.2 million Toyota Highlander Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) from a car dealer because his congregation’s tithes and offerings was not enough to pay off a N650,000 bank loan.
Ehindero who was arrested by the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, Lagos, said he sold off the SUV at Ore in Ondo state for N600,000.
The pastor said: “I decided to steal the SUV to sell and use the proceeds to settle the N650,000 I borrowed from a microfinance bank in Lagos."
“I borrowed the sum of N650,000 from a microfinance bank to renovate my church with the hope to recover the investment from tithes and offerings, but I was surprised that for three months, no money was realised to repay the loan."
“When the pressure from the microfinance bank became too unbearable for me, the devil told me to go and steal a vehicle from the car dealer to sell and use the proceeds to repay the loan. I regret my action," Ehindero said.
Speaking on the incident, the Ogun state Police command said that Ehindero’s alleged accomplices - Lateef Oyetunde who allegedly purchased the SUV from the pastor - and Jamiu Abiodun, 35 and Lukman Moyoyesa, who both allegedly introduced Ehindero to the buyer are currently in their custody.
While Oyetunde has denied that he never knew the car in question was a stolen item, he said he would not have purchased it if he had known.
It was gathered that the pastor who introduced himself to the car dealer as a cleric had requested for a Toyota Highlander SUV to be used for evangelism.
After the parties agreed a price of N1.2 million for the SUV, the dealer allowed him to test drive the vehicle within the area but Ehindero got into the car, zoomed off and never to return.
The Police said the pastor also switched off his phone, removed the SUV’s number plate marked ‘LND 816 CK’ and sped off to Ore, where he sold the vehicle to a spare parts dealer for N600,000.
It was gathered that the car dealer made a formal report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP) in charge of FSARS, Lagos, Kola Kamaldeen, 24-hours after the incident.
The police finally tracked the vehicle to Ondo state where it was recovered with the buyer and Ehindero’s alleged accomplices arrested at the scene.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Air Peace airline, Allen Onyema, had alleged that some criminals in the southeast region disguise themselves as herdsmen to perpetrate crimes.
Onyema said armed robber during the Niger Delta struggle committed crimes in the guise as militants.
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