By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Pastor Segun Alawode, 37, of Eternal Sacred Order C & S Church Sabo, Odogbolu, Ogun State, for raping a 32-year-old lady in his church premises at Odogbolu Ogun State.
The victim alleged that the pastor was in a prayer session with her when he asked her (victim) to hold on to some candle stick and suddenly and forcefully pulled off her wears before he eventually had carnal knowledge of her in the church.
The anti-crime team attached to Odogbolu Division of Ogun State Command apprehended him when the victim and her relations stormed the Police Division to notify the Divisional Police Officer of the pastor’s misdeeds and to seek justice through the police.
According to the state’s police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, “the matter is currently at the Anti Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the Department of Criminal Investigation, Abeokuta and medical reports so far received on the matter confirmed that the pastor actually committed the offence and hec has confessed to the crime. The matter will soon be charged to court.”
In another development, the mobile anti crime patrol team deployed to the Lagos/Ibadan expressway arrested two suspected robbers at Danco filling station along the expressway on Monday at about 11.40 pm while blocking the expressway in an attempt to rob commuters and road users of their belongings.
The suspects arrested are Usman Sunday, 28, of Sabo Dantajira area of Sagamu and Richard Olabode, 27, of the same address.
Usman, who hails from Apa Local Government Area in Benue State, is married with two children, and attended Agbele Community High School,while Richard who hails from Ire, Osun State attended Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu and a drop-out of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology,University of Calabar.
Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol, live and expended cartridges, a sharp knife, cutlasses, hand gloves and assorted charms.
The suspects were said to have been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sagamu Division, CSP Adebowale Lawal, for preliminary investigation before the matter will be transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta as directed by the Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye.
Meantime, the CP has condemned the criminal act of the pastor who was involved in a rape case. He further directed that the pastor be charged to court without delay for such will serve as deterrent to other rapists particularly “men of God”who are fond of engaging themselves in criminal acts.
CP Okoye also commended the anti crime patrol team along the ever busy Lagos/Ibadan road for arresting the armed robbers who terrorize innocent Nigerians on the said expressway.