Pastor Kidnaps Dispatch Rider To Procure Sallah Rams
Police have arrested a pastor, Adetokunbo Adenopo, for allegedly abducting a delivery man , Jonathan Ekpo , in order to obtain ransom from his employers for Sallah celebration.
The 52 – year – old who is the founder of the New Life Church , Sagamu , Ogun State , allegedly carried out the act with his gang members, Chigozie William, 22 ; Linus Ugorji , 30 ; and Emmanuel Chris.
Ekpo had gone to deliver a package to Adenopo in Sagamu when the four men tied him up and anaesthetised him .
The victim narrating his ordeal to newsmen during the parade of the suspects in Abuja on Wednesday said that he was placing the package on the table at Adenopo’ s church when the men grabbed and wrestled him to the ground.
He stated that he struggled to escape , but was injected with a substance by Adenopo, which made him lose consciousness .
Explaining his role in the abduction , William said the pastor suggested the idea of obtaining ransom to fund his charity activities, adding that Adenopo promised to release Ekpo if his employers failed to meet their demands.
He stated that the pastor invited the man to deliver some products and that he wanted to collect money from his company to buy bags of rice and other things for the Sallah.
Adenopo, who claimed to be a former pastor with the Living Faith Church , said he planned to use the ransom from the failed abduction to buy rams , rice and garri , which he intended to share to the poor in his community.
On his relationship with his accomplices , he said they were staying with him for security reasons , adding that he designed the underground room where the victim was kept “ for certain situations and threats “.