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The long arm of the law has caught up with a pastor identified as Daniel Onwugbufor, who also doubles as the General Overseer of God’s Favour Ministry, Iba, in Lagos State, after he was arrested alongside his cohort Israel Animashaun in an alleged robbery case.

According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), the suspects were arrested after a series of complaints involving car snatching incidents which the police made a move to unravel.

The PPRO said one of the snatched cars, a Lexus RX 330 jeep was tracked to the pastors residence in Iba, leading to the arrest of Animashaun, described as an active member of a three man gang that specialises in snatching exotic cars at gun point.

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He said; “On interrogation, Animasaun confessed that he and two others snatched the Lexus jeep at gunpoint at Ajah in Lagos and took it to the pastor who used to help them in selling such (stolen) items.

“He stated further that the pastor only paid him the sum of N350,000 for the car after using it for two weeks before he sent it to his other accomplice in Onitsha who is still at large.

“He also informed the police that he once robbed somebody of a Galaxy Samsung handset which the pastor bought for N35,000 from him.”

Oyeyemi stated that the pastor first denied knowing Animasaun to be an armed robber. The PPRO added that the cleric later confessed when confronted by Animasaun, adding that he (Onwugbufor) blamed his action on the devil.

“He informed the police that the snatched jeep has been sent to his accomplice in Onitsha but promised to work with the police to get the said accomplice arrested. Efforts are ongoing to get the Onitsha-based accomplice arrested,” Oyeyemi said.


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