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‘Pastors’ in police net for killing brother-in-law over church venue

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Murder suspect arrested after five months on the run

Two self acclaimed pastors, Chukwuka Stephen and Ejim Stephen have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly killing their brother-in-law, Peter Chukwuyem.

The suspects were alleged to have killed Chukwuyem in the Papa-Ibafo area of the state over the deceased decision to stop them from using the frontage of his house for church services.

A statement on Thursday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed that the suspects, while living with Chukwuyem, were using the frontage of his house to conduct church services but became embittered when Chukwuyem stopped them from conducting church services in the frontage of his house.

The suspects were alleged to have waylaid and killed him when he went to the farm.

Oyeyemi said: “Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two self-acclaimed pastors, Chuckwuka Stephen, 43, and Ejim Stephen, 39, for killing their brother in-law, Peter Chukwuyem, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

“The victim, who was married to the elder sister of the two suspects, brought them from their village in Delta State to Papa-Ibafo in Ogun State, where they lived with the couple for some time. While they were living with the deceased, they were using the frontage of his house for their church activities, but when their conduct was no longer pleasant to their brother-in-law, he sent them away from the place, which led to them nursing animosity against the deceased.

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“On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the deceased went to his farm with two of his teenage daughters in the morning and met the suspects on the farm. Because of the presence of the two girls, the suspects were unable to do anything to him for fear of being exposed. In the evening of the same day, the deceased went back to the farm alone and the suspects, who had been waiting for him on the farm, accosted him and butchered him to death.

“It was when the deceased didn’t return on time that his wife traced him to the farm and found his dead body. She subsequently went to the Ibafo Police Station, where she lodged a complaint.  The two brothers were later arrested by the police at Ibafo based on the accounts of the two daughters of the deceased, who informed the police that they saw the two suspects earlier on their father’s farm.

“On interrogation, the suspects denied killing their brother in-law, but when they were confronted by the two daughters of the deceased, they confessed to killing the deceased on his farm, because he deprived them the continuous use of his frontage for their church activities.

“The corpse of the deceased was subsequently removed and deposited in the General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination.”

According to Oyeyemi, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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