Religious leaders are meant to lead by good example in all areas, however, the recurring incidences of crime related acts being found with some religious leaders, have raised questions about the genuiness of some of these clerics.
In a related development, the Police Operatives attached to the IRT, have arrested a pastor, alongside 3 others for their active involvement and participation in series of kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes.
The criminally minded pastor, Adetokumbo Adenopo, aged 52, who was said to be Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun State and three (3) other members of his criminal gang namely; Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27-year-old, who hails from Enugu State, Chigozie Williams, 22-year-old, native of Abia State and Ugoji Linus, 30-year-old, also from Imo State, were all responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo, from Benue State.
In his confession to the Police, the pastor revealed that, he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works. The victim, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped on 17th July, 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State.
Furthermore, the victim was said to have been kept in an underground cabin, inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of twenty million naira ransom as condition for his release.
He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the Police.
Exhibits recovered include: 4 AK47 Magazine, 6 cartridges, 378 Rounds of live Ammunition, 1 Network Jammer (anti-tracker device), 4 Ak47 Rifles, 1 FMC rifle, 1 Pump Action Gun, 2 double barrel guns, 1 Beretta pistol, among others.