Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-robbery squad FSARS at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, Lagos have arrested the fleeing Pastor in charge of Jesus Miracle Church located at 16, Ado-Odo Road, Afan, Sango-Ota, Ogun, State Pastor Jeremiah Ehindero, 41, for allegedly stealing a Toyota High Lander Suv valued N1.2M from a car dealer and sold it off at ore in Ondo State for N600,000 and escaped.
Other suspects arrested with him over their involvement in the alleged crime included Lateef Oyetunde who allegedly purchased the stolen Suv from the Pastors, Jamiu Abiodun, 35 and Lukman Moyoyesa, both of who
allegedly introduced the buyer to the pastor.
Police alleged that trouble started for the Pastor when he went to the car sales outlet belonging to one Jamiu located at Sango –Ota area of Ogun State to introduced himself as a Pastor and said that he needed a Toyota Highlander Suv to purchase for Evangelism purpose.
Police further alleged that after the car dealer and the Pastor agreed on the purchasing price for the SUV for N1.2M, he allowed the Pastor to test drive the Suv within the area to satisfy himself only for the pastor to remove the number plate of the Suv marked LND 816 CK, switched off his phone and drove the Suv straight to ore in Ondo State to sell it to spare parts dealer for N600,000 and escaped.
When the car dealer waited for twenty four hours without seeing the Pastor and his Suv, he reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP in charge of Fsars, Lagos. DCP Kola Okunola Kamaldeen who directed his team led by SP Olaniyi Festus to do everything to arrest the Pastor and recover the stolen Suv.
Following the directives, Festus and his team swung into action and tracked the stolen Suv to Ore in Ondo State. The recover the SUV and arrested the buyer and Two others at the scene.
The police also traced the Pastor to his residence at Sango-Ota in Ogun State and arrested him.
During investigation, the pastor allegedly confessed to the crime and said that the devil pushed him to commit the crime.
In his alleged confession to the police, Ehindero allegedly stated: “I decided to steal the Suv to sell and use the proceeds to settle the N650,000 I borrowed from Micro finance bank in Lagos.
“I borrowed the sum of N650,000 from a Micro finance Bank to renovate my church with the hope to recover the investment from titles and offerings, but I was surprised that for three months, no money was realized to repay the loan.
When the pressure from the Micro Finance became two 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 allegedly told the police.
The alleged buyer of the Suv Oyetunde allegedly stated. If I had known that the Pastor stole the Suv, I would not have purchased it.
A police source said that all the suspects would be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.