The pastor of Jesus Miracle Church, 16, Ado-Odo Highway, Afan, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, Jeremiah Ehindero, has allegedly confessed that he stole a N1.2million Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) as a result of his congregation’s tithes and choices weren’t sufficient to repay an N650,000 financial institution mortgage.
Ehindero, 41, additionally blamed the satan for his motion.
In accordance with Nation newspaper, the Federal Particular Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) at Adeniji Adele Highway, Lagos Island, Lagos State alleged that Ehindero stole the Toyota Highlander SUV from a automobile vendor and offered it at Ore in Ondo State for N600,000.
The police alleged that Ehindero visited a automobile gross sales outlet at Sango-Ota, belonging to at least one Jamiu. He launched himself as a cleric and requested for a Toyota Highlander SUV for use for evangelism.
After the events agreed a value of N1.2million for the SUV, the vendor allowed him to check drive the automobile inside the space. However the pastor bought into the automobile and drove off, by no means to return.
In accordance with the police, Ehindero switched off his cellphone, eliminated the SUV’s quantity plate marked ‘LND 816 CK’ and sped off to Ore, the place he offered the automobile to a spare elements vendor for N600,000.
After ready for 24 hours, the vendor reported the case to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP) answerable for FSARS, Lagos, Mr. Kola Okunola Kamaldeen.
Following investigation, the SUV was tracked to Ondo State and recovered. The client and Ehindero’s suspected accomplices had been additionally arrested on the scene, the police mentioned, whereas the pastor was traced to his dwelling in Sango-Ota.
The police mentioned additionally they have of their custody, Ehindero’s suspected accomplices: Lateef Oyetunde, who allegedly bought the SUV from the pastor, Jamiu Abiodun, 35, and Lukman Moyoyesa, who each allegedly launched Ehindero to the client.
“I made a decision to steal the SUV to promote and use the proceeds to repay the N650,000 mortgage I borrowed from a microfinance financial institution in Lagos.
“I borrowed N650,000 from a microfinance financial institution to renovate my church, with the hope to get better the funding from tithes and choices, however I used to be stunned that for 3 months, no cash was realised to repay the mortgage.
“When the stress from the microfinance financial institution grew to become insufferable for me, the devil instructed me to steal a vehicle from the car dealer to promote and use the proceeds to repay the mortgage. I remorse my motion,” Ehindero reportedly instructed the police.
However Oyetunde, one in all his detained confederate, denied being conscious that the SUV was a stolen vehicle.
He mentioned: “If I had recognized that the pastor stole the SUV, I’d not have bought it.”