A fake mobile gospel preacher in Lagos has been arrested and charged to court for stealing a Lexus jeep.
A man who claimed to be a mobile gospel preacher, Lucky David, is currently tasting the other side of life inside the Kirikiri Maximum Prison after he was remanded by an Ejigbo Magistrate's' Court for allegedly stealing a Lexus Jeep valued at N1.5 million.
The 35-year-old 'preacher', was remanded on Tuesday, May 12, for allegedly stealing the vehicle at Idimu in Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos, on May 1 at 9.00 am from where it was parked at the premises of one Stella Ogunfatimi while pretending to be preaching in the area.
The police Prosecutor, Cpl. Oluwafemi Adeleye, told the court:
"The accused, on the said date, impersonated as a gospel preacher, clutching a hand bell and pretended to be preaching around the residence of one Mrs Stella Ogunfatimi.
However, the `fake preacher’ was only monitoring her movement. As soon as Ogunfatimi came out of her jeep to pick something in her house, the accused entered the jeep and drove it away."
Adeleye said the woman immediately reported the case at Idimu Police Station and some police officers went after the accused where he was apprehended in a traffic jam while the jeep was recovered from him.
David, who could not name his residential address, pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft and the presiding judge, Magistrate Peter Nwaka, failed to grant him bail because could not provide a residential address, remanding him in prison while adjourning the case till May 27 for hearing.