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Pastor’ nabbed for cultism

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Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, aka Pastor, for allegedly terrorising residents and business owners in the Bariga area of the state.

Elkana said Olatunde had been linked to a series of robbery and murder cases in the area, adding that he was responsible for the death of one Ahmed Karowi, a suspected member of the AiyeConfraternity.

He stated, “On Saturday, September 14, 2019, around 11.15pm, following sustained monitoring, detectives from the Bariga Police Station arrested one Emmanuel Olatunde, alias Pastor, 31, at No. 27 Oremenunu, Ibafo Street, Bariga. The suspect, who is an ex-convict, is a high ranking member of the EiyeConfraternity terrorising people in Bariga and environs.

He has a link with a series of robbery and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged.”

The police have also arrested one Kehinde Bakare, who was declared wanted for the alleged murder of one Samuel Ladejo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said one locally-made pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from Bakare, adding that he would be charged.

The PPRO stated, “On Thursday, September 12, 2019, around 4.15pm, following sustained monitoring, one Kehinde Bakare, 23, a prime suspect in the murder of one Samuel Ladejo, was arrested at Obalende and one locally-made pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from him.

“It will be recalled that on Monday, October 1, 2018, around 6am, one Bisi Komolafe, an assistant manager at Famous Hotel, situated at No. 36 Obalende Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, reported at the station that one of the hotel’s employees, Samuel Ladejo, left the hotel to attend a party on Obalende Road, Ikoyi, where he was stabbed in the chest by some boys, who ran away. After being rushed to the General Hospital for treatment, the victim later died in the hospital. One Umukoro Otega was earlier arrested in connection with the crime and charged. Bakare will be charged too.”

Similarly, one Emeka Emmanuel has been arrested for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting members of the public under the pretext of securing employment for them with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos.

Elkana said Emmanuel was arrested in possession of a fake EFCC identity card, which he allegedly used in perpetrating the crime, adding that the suspect had defrauded one Semiu Olaposi of the sum of N51,000.

He stated that Emmanuel was also running an illegal medical facility, adding that medical equipment and fake certificates were recovered during a raid on his place of residence.

The PPRO said, “On Saturday, September 14, 2019, around 11am, acting on credible intelligence, the Ojo Police Station arrested one Emeka Emmanuel, 29, of Ijanikin, Lagos, at the Iyana Iba area. The suspect was in possession of a fake EFCC ID card, which he used in parading himself as an EFCC operative. The suspect duped innocent citizens on the pretext of securing employment for them as EFCC operatives.

One Semiu Olaposi of Agbara, Lagos, who is one of his victims, told police investigators that the suspect collected the sum of N51,000 from him over a month ago with a promise of securing employment for his son as an EFCC operative. The suspect has confessed to the crime and was also found operating an illegal medical facility in his residence. Items recovered from him included medical equipment and fake certificates.

“The command has advised members of the public, especially jobseekers, to be mindful of the activities of scammers in order not to fall prey to their antics. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged.”

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