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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Akwa Ibom Church Pastor Arrested For Armed Robbery


41 year old Pastor Eze who is said to
double as the ring leader of a deadly gang
of armed robbers has been nabbed. Pastor
and General Overseer of a ministry in Eket,
Akwa-Ibom, Pastor Eze was arrested by the
operatives of Ondo State Police Command
Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) who
trailed him to Eket, Akwa-Ibom after being
exposed by members of his gang.

The deadly four-man gang that specialized
in snatching of high profile cars and Sports
Utility Vehicles (SUVs) according to police
sources had been terrorizing residents of
Akure, Ondo State capital and Ilesha in Osun
State before they met their waterloo.

The pastor popularly known as Chairman
was said to be the sole receiver of the cars
snatched from innocent people and
disposed them off in Akwa-Ibom. It was
gathered that whenever Pastor Eze and his
gang went for operation he would stay in
an hotel while the four gang members
would be carrying out their nefarious
activities of snatching cars on the road.

When the car has been snatched it would
be taken to the Pastor in the hotel. The
Pastor would drive the stolen car to Akwa
Ibom where it would be sold. One of such
stolen vehicle was said to have been sold
for N2.5million On March 6, 2012, when
Pastor Eze and his gang stormed Akure. He
lodged in an hotel as usual and his gang
members double-crossed a woman, one
Mrs Olubunmi who was driving an SUV
along FUTA Road and snatched her car.

The car was taken away and when
information got to the Special Anti Robbery
Squad (SARS), it swung into action and got
one of the gang members arrested in
Akure. Speaking with our reporter,
Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Police
Command, Mr Edgar Nanakumu said the
command has been facing a serious
problem of combating car snatchers within
the state. “ We have received several
complaints of car snatching and
immediately the information came to us
about this latest one .

I quickly mobilized men of SARS and they
swung into action and arrested one of the
gang members and he confessed that one
Pastor Eze who was their gang leader
always sold the snatched cars at Akwa
Ibom State .” Nanakumu explained that the
policemen had to travel to Eket in Akwa
Ibom State and arrested the said Pastor
who happened to be the General Overseer
(GO) of a church which has a large
congregation in Akwa Ibom.

He was arrested with charms, ritual rings
and Bible in his house. Pastor Eze,
according to the Ondo CP confessed right in
Akwa Ibom that he is the leader of the
gang of armed robbers and the receiver of
snatched cars and that he used to sell them
at Akwa Ibom State. CP Nanakumu said that
the policemen arrested the four members
of the robbery gang and that they
confessed their operations in several
states. Some of the victims are said to have
visited the police headquarters to identify
their snatched cars and most of them have
confirmed that the recovered cars were
theirs.

One of the victims, one Mr Sola told our
reporter that “It was a bitter experience
when he was robbed and the hoodlums
snatched his car. He said he had to report
the matter at the Police Command. The
police did their best, they couldn’t succeed.
It was when I heard the information that
the police have been able to arrest some
suspects that I came to check if they were
those that snatched my car and I was able
to identify one of the suspects. I am highly
impressed by the police effort,” he said.
Another victim, one Mrs Olubunmi said: “I
was greeting my friend when suddenly
four armed men double crossed me with
their Honda Accord Car and succeeded in
taking my car away . I quickly went to
report the incident at the police station. The
police tried their best as they swung into
action but the robbers escaped. I was
impressed when the story got to me that
the Police have arrested some of the
suspects in Akure. I was able to identify
two of the suspects,” she said.

Pastor Eze, the suspected ringleader, in his
confession said: “ I have a ring which the
police recovered from me. I used the ring
for power to bail out people from their
problems. When a woman is not pregnant
and I touched her with the ring, she would
get pregnant .

The pastor said sometimes he "used to
deceive some of them and sleep with the
women who came to church
for counselling ".

CP Nanakumu said the command has been
able to arrest the four suspects. He said that
the command is still investigating the
matter and that when it is concluded the
suspects would be charged to court.

Source: The Sun

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