Photo: Reckless pastor arrested for stealing from various churches in Lagos


45 year pastor pictured above has been arrested by the
state Police command after a failed attempt to rob a church in the
Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos state on March 31st.

According to the Lagos state Police command spokesperson, Kenneth Nwosu,
the suspect, Pastor Tope, who until his arrest specialized in breaking
into churches and stealing music instruments, wall clocks, offering and
tithe, had gone to the said church where he robbed them of their
amplifier, two music mixers, one keyboard, one stabiliser, two DVD
players and one Samsung plasma 32 inches television and was about to run
away with the stolen item when he was nabbed.

Confessing to the , Pastor Kolawole said

“I specialise in stealing from churches. I steal music instruments. I
have a receiver and buyer known as Alausa. Without him, I would not have
gone to churches to steal. When he heard that I have been arrested, he
went into hiding. I steal in the churches I worship to avoid suspicion. I
have been succeeding except this one. I was remanded in Kirikiri prison
by Task Force from Alausa for hawking on the highway. I am a qualified
pastor because I went to theological school and was ordained pastor in
2008 at Ile-Ife by Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) but I worship at
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at any of their parishes. It is
the devil that caused my frustration that made me to steal in the house
of God. My wife Bunmi is a nurse with children. I live in Sango and go
to Lagos to operate because Ogun is good for hiding after operation. It
was what the Task Force did to me that made me to become a thief because
they made me lose everything I had got in 10 years. I used to gather
items at about 10:30pm and by 5am, I go to nearby road to look for taxi
to take me to Oshodi. Where the taxi driver is in doubt, I call Alausa
who claims to be the General Overseer of a particular church I once
stole from. He is the one that pays the taxi driver once I deliver the
goods. I am now a born again; if I am released, I will open a church
and appoint those suspects elders of my church. We will not rob again
but work for God.”he told The Nation

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