2nd September, 2010
The pastor of a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Ikorudu has been arrested by the police inÂ Owutu Division for allegedly stealing a Bajaj Boxer motorcycle.
The suspect, whose name was given as Eli Waku, 24, was said to have gone to a church inÂ Mowokekere area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria for a vigil. During the service, heÂ was said to have stolen the motorcycle.
Mr. Henry Okonye, the owner of the motorcycle reported the case to the policeÂ and theÂ Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Owutu immediately dispatched his anti-robbery teamÂ to search the whole area. During the search, the police got a tip-off that Eli Waku was seenÂ with the okada around Agbede area in Ikorodu.
The information led the police to Agbede area where the suspect was arrested with theÂ motorcycle.
During interrogation, he said the motorcycle belonged to his friend and that he wanted to useÂ it to borrow some money. ButÂ when the owner/complainantÂ showed up, the pastor admitted thatÂ he stole the okada.
When Crime Watch visited the police station,the DPO, Mr. Monday Akpan, a Chief SuperintendentÂ of Police (CSP), declined to comment on the arrest.
The suspect has been charged to the magistrate’s court for stealing and he pleaded not guiltyÂ to the charges.
He was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties and when he couldn’tÂ meet the bail conditions, he was also ordered to be remanded in prison custody till 23Â September, 2010 when the matter will come up again.