How Gambian Pastor stole 52 phones, money in Ibadan
By Chidinma Ewunonu-Aluko
Residents of Aponrin in the Agbowo area of Ibadan are now on the trail of a pastor who allegedly absconded with 52 Androids and iPhones, money and other valuables after a three-day crusade.
He allegedly told his victims that he was led by God to travel from Gambia to Ibadan for the crusade.
On the last day of the crusade, the cleric claimed that the Holy Spirit directed him to tell those in attendance to submit their phones, money, and other valuables.
However, he absconded with those items.
The victims claimed that on the final day of the crusade, the pastor who had seduced them into three days of fasting and prayer, had vanished, despite their best efforts to find him.
Mrs. Grace Akintola, a victim, claimed that many widows attended the crusade because the pastor promised to give each of them a bag of rice and cash.
Akintola, a widow, claimed that the “man of God” additionally promised to provide the students who attended the crusade with scholarships.
“The pastor approached an Igbo lady in our area to assist him to gather widows and students and that he wanted to help us. Someone in my area invited me to the crusade. The crusader put on priest’s regalia. He even said he would buy a fully-furnished house for one of us.
“The pastor equally promised some of those who attended the crusade money, the kind of money that even politicians could not give. On the last day of the crusade, he (pastor) sold a bottle of water for us at the rate of N4,800; he said that the water had been mixed with perfume and many people paid for it,” she said.
Another victim, a student of the University of Ibadan, who pleaded anonymity, said that the pastor ordered them to fast for three days.
He said that he collected their phones so as to keep them away from them and allow them to focus on prayers, unknown to them that it was a trick to get rid of their belongings.
“He said no phone should ring during the programme and that was why he collected all of them. In fact, he snapped at a lady who stood up and wanted to take his photograph and seized the phone from her,” he said.
According to him, on the last day of the crusade, the pastor said he wanted to go and rest at the hotel where he had lodged.
“He (pastor) later said he wanted to go and eat inside the University of Ibadan after which we didn’t know how he escaped with our belongings.
“As a man of God that he claimed to be, we respected him a lot. We didn’t know that he wanted to use the name of God to dupe us,” he said.
Meanwhile, the pastor has been declared wanted by residents of the area, and posters with his name and picture have been circulated to track him down.
Adewale Osifeso, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident in a text message.
Osifeso stated that an investigation had begun and that updates would be provided.
Laide Bakare in awe of the new airport in Lagos (Video)
Nollywood actress, Laide Bakare has been left impressed with our new airport. Recall that last year, a new international terminal...
Police hunt gang who robbed Hausa trader of $11m in Ogun
The Ogun State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a four-man armed robbery gang that fled with $11 million...
Matawalle dissolves cabinet ahead of May 29 handover
By Ishaq Zaki Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Sunday dissolved the State Executive Council and relieved all political appointees...
“Unwash the brainwash”- Annie Idibia sends cryptic message
Annie Idibia, a Nollywood actress and the wife of the famed singer 2baba, has issued a cryptic message to her haters....
“Why I am so obsessed with Bisola Aiyeola” Bimbo Ademoye spills, recounts her emotional AMVCA moment
Nollywood actress, Bimbo Ademoye has recounted her emotional AMVCA moment with her sister, Bisola Aiyeola. The movie star, who never...
JUST IN: Reps to hold emergency session today
The House of Representatives is billed for an emergency sitting today at 1 p.m. This is according to a notice...
Buhari to Nigerians: I’m sorry for harsh economic policies (Full farewell broadcast text)
Outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari has apologised to Nigerians for some of his harsh economic policies that led the masses into...
Juliana Olayode AKA Toyosi Tenders Deep Apology to Funke Akindele, 6years After Fallout
Juliana Olayode, a Nollywood actress, has apologized profusely to her senior colleague, Funke Akindele. Recall that the two parted apart...
“21st Century Tom and Jerry” Ayo Makun says as he gushes over his wife, Mabel Makun
Nigerian comedian and actor, Ayo Makun otherwise known as AY has compared himself and his wife to Tom and Jerry....
Irate youths shut Radio Nigeria, Amuludun FM in Ibadan
…security operatives restore normalcy Angry youths, on Sunday morning, shut down Radio Nigeria, Amuludun FM 99.1 in Ibadan, the Oyo...