A robbery suspected arrested while trying to sell a stolen car has told the police that his pastor actually pushed him to get a buyer for the car.
Punch reports that Olabinwonu, an administrative officer of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the state, was looking for a buyer for a Nissan Sentra, 2015 model, after the number plate was changed, and placed on an online shopping platform, where it was advertised for sale.
On seeing the advert, police investigators who had been informed of the missing car, called the contact on the website to indicate interest and the man, who took custody of the vehicle, was traced and arrested in the Lekki area of the state.
The suspect however, denied ownership of the car and led the detectives to Olabinwonu’s residence, only to realise that he had packed out of the house with his family after sensing danger.
But he was tracked to a church in the area and was arrested. During further investigation, it was realised that the vehicle belonged to a bank and had been snatched at gun point when some robbers attacked a hotel in the Iju-Ishaga area where the manager of the bank lodged.
In his statement to the police, Olabinwonu said the car was given to him by a friend he identified as Ahmed Abbey, who asked him to find a buyer for it and when he consulted his pastor, he was assured that nothing would go wrong and he could go ahead with the sale.
“I met Abbey at Dammy Jay Hotel, Ikorodu. He came to my table, bought drinks for everyone and we became friends. While I was going home, he gave me N2,000.
I saw Abbey later that week to ask if he could help me with some money because I had no job. He asked if I could help his sister, who was travelling overseas, to sell her car.
I consulted my pastor and he told me to collect the car from him. I took the car from him, but after about three weeks and I couldn’t get a buyer, he took the car from me.
Some weeks later, I saw him with the car and he challenged me that I didn’t want to sell the car. After a while, we agreed that I should try again."
"I consulted my pastor again for him to pray about it. This time, my pastor introduced me to someone in Lekki, who had a car park at a very conspicuous place, where we could put the car for sale. The car was there when I learnt that it was stolen at gunpoint.
Since I was arrested, Abbey's phones have been switched off.”