A pastor who specialized is gate-crashing conferences and seminars to steal items has been arrested while conducting house fellowship for his members.
The RSS which posted news of the arrest of the 47-year-old criminal identified as Ikemefuna Aje revealed that he operates by attending events only to steal items like laptops, phones, money and other valuable properties of the participants.
Aje was arrested by the RRS operatives after he had gate-crashed a seminar organized for Internet brand managers at a popular hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. and stole 5 MacBooks, one HP computer and some assorted personal effects of the workshop participants.
He was busted after the CCTV camera captured him as he drove into the venue of the event before heading straight into the seminar hall when the participants were having lunch in another room.
The RRS wrote on its blog:
"The suspect who was corporately dressed wore the tag of seminar participants before making away with the items.
He had, after stealing the said items, taken them to the Computer Village, Ikeja, and sold the 5 Mac Books and the HP computer to one Saliu Ibraheem for N1,110,000:00.
The RRS operatives in tracking the suspect traced him to 5, Tony Street, Ejigbo, Lagos, where he was hosting about 34 other church members in a house fellowship.
Recovered from his house after the arrest were a 4Runner Toyota car with the registration No. KRD 701 DC, driven into the venue by the suspect, a master key, Zinox laptop, several computer bags, computer and tablet accessories as well as seminar materials and a sum of N700, 000:00."
One of the seminar organizers who corroborated the statement of the RSS, the participants were shocked to notice their items missing after they had lunch.
“We were shocked to see participants bringing up issues of missing laptops and computer accessories after returning from lunch.
The seminar was not advertised online either in any national newspapers. How did this suspect get to know of the event and managed to come at the exact time participants who were about a hundred, were having lunch?”
It was from investigations that Aje had several scouts who furnish him with information on conferences and seminars where he goes to steal laptops and properties of the participants.
The suspect was quoted to have said that the seminar was one of the many others where he had gate-crashed before making away with several laptops, mobile phones and computer accessories of participants.
During the interrogation, the suspect initially denied committing the crime but later confessed when he was shown a copy of the CCTV footages before leading the operatives to Computer Village to arrest the buyer.
The buyer of the stolen goods, Saliu Ibraheem said:
“I have known Ikemefuna for more than seven years. He brought 5 Mac Books and one HP to my shop that he bought them in South Africa.
I bought the 5 Mac Books and an HP laptop computer for N1, 110,000 and I resold it immediately for N1, 250, 000:00. The money was transferred into my account immediately.”
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, said the suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, for further investigation and prosecution.