The police in Lagos have arrested a Celestial Church pastor Ejiro Ologonla, 45, over his alleged connection to the disappearance of a 29-year-old student at Oniru Seaside closing December.
The scholar Olatunfe Anthony Oluwafemi went missing spherical 2pm on December 12, after he was despatched on an errand to Ilupeju from their 27, Owode Avenue, Alapere, Ketu residence.
When all efforts by the family to go looking out him failed, it was gathered, a grievance was lodged with the police on December 20.
After two months of police investigation which included digital analysis of the missing man’s Itel phone, detectives traced the phone from three customers to the pastor alleged to have stolen it and completely different belongings of the sufferer at Oniru Seaside.
It was gathered that the phone was first traced to no less than one Monsurat Gbadegeshin, 23, who instructed investigators that she acquired it from her fiancé Abiodun Abiola. Upon arrest, Abiola, 30, talked about he bought the phone from one Tolu Olurotimi, 20, who in flip instructed detectives he purchased the phone from Pastor Ologonla.
In response to the police, the pastor on interrogation talked about that he observed the missing man leap into the ocean that fateful day, together with that he was performing drunk.
Ologonla who claimed he was on the seaside for spiritual cleansing when Oluwafemi obtained right here there making an attempt drunk and started chasing people spherical.
He talked about he observed Oluwafemi climb a fisherman’s boat and later observed him pulling off his clothes, footwear, dropped his telephones and took a plunge into the ocean.
He claimed that he educated security males on guard on the seaside and as well as known as a police officer along with one princess Arike Oniru on the phone to intimate them of the incident, and that he lastly picked up the victims clothes, footwear and phone and provided the phone to no less than one Tolu Olurotimi for N1,500 solely. The Oniru Seaside guards, the fishermen, the princess and completely different witnesses talked about have been invited for questioning.
The fisherman acknowledged that on that fateful day, the missing specific individual obtained right here to the seaside behaving as if he was drunk, and that as he paddled the canoe to the ocean, he was alerted that the individual was hanging on the canoe. He launched him once more and promised to current him fish. Nonetheless when he obtained right here once more the following day, he did not see the individual anymore.
The princess confirmed that the pastor known as her to inform her that any individual jumped into the ocean and he or she urged him to report the incident to the closest police station. The security guards on obligation on the seaside denied receiving a report of any individual leaping into the ocean.
The clothes and footwear of the missing specific individual have been current in possession of the pastor. It is established that the missing specific individual was really at Oniru Seaside sooner than his disappearance.
The pastor was the closing person who had contact with the missing specific individual. It isn’t however established whether or not or not the missing specific individual is lifeless or nonetheless alive. Nonetheless circumstantial proof gathered so far, strongly components within the path of the pastor.
The pastor did not merely promote the phone belonging to the missing specific individual, he moreover remodeled the money he found inside the trousers of the missing specific individual to his private use. There is no doc exhibiting that the pastor reported the incident to any police station,” talked about police spokesman Bala Elkana in a press launch yesterday.
In response to Elkana, Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the fast swap of the case to the State Jail Investigation and Intelligence Division (SCIID) Yaba for extra investigation