Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun State, Pastor Adetokunbo Aderopo have been arrested with his gang for series of kidnappings.
Police Operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team(IRT) have also arrested 35 suspected criminals involving in kidnapping, robberies and other crimes.
Pastor Aderopo told the Police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works.
According to the Police bulletin on its official Twitter Page monitored by SOJ WORLDWIDE ONLINE NEWS said the kidnap victim was kept underground inside the church with a demand for N25m ransom.
“Police Operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested thirty-five (35) suspects across the country for their active involvement and participation in series of kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes across the country.”
“The arrest is sequel to the unrelenting efforts by the Force to rid the country of heinous criminals and to get justice for victims of these crimes.”
“Notable among the arrests is a criminally minded pastor, Adetokumbo Adenopo ‘m’ 52years, Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area of Ogun State and three other members of his criminal gang namely; Chigozie Williams 22years, native of Umuahia North, Abia State, Ugoji Linus 30years, native of Ezinifite in Imo State and Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27years, native of Aniri in Enugu State, all responsible for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo ‘m’ 35years from Benue State.”
“Curiously, the pastor told the Police operatives that he embarked on the crime for the expansion of his church and charity works. The victim, an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped on 17th July, 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State.”
“The victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town, Ogun State by his abductors who demanded the payment of twenty million naira ransom as condition for his release.”
“He was subsequently rescued unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family by the Police.”