Ondo pas­tor nabbed for im­per­son­at­ing po­lice­man

The Punch - - NEWS - Peter Dada, Akure

THE Ondo State Po­lice Com­mand, on Sun­day, said it had ar­rested a man iden­ti­fied as Sun­day Ayetare for claim­ing to be an of­fi­cer of the com­mand, who is also a prophet, In­spec­tor Sa­muel Afo­labi, also known as Olopa to di Woli.

The po­lice said the sus­pect was ar­rested in Ig­bokoda, the head­quar­ters of the Ilaje Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state last month.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the sus­pect, who claimed to be a pas­tor, had al­legedly been stag­ing fake mir­a­cles to de­ceive un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic, us­ing the name of In­spec­tor Afo­labi.

The sus­pect was also al­leged to have been in­volved in sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, ex­plained that the sus­pect con­fessed to the crime dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Joseph said, “One Sun­day Ayetare, 35, a na­tive of Itepe Ok­i­tipupa, was ar­rested on a cru­sade ground of a white gar­ment church in Ig­bokoda for of­fences of at­tempted rape and sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

“On in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the sus­pect also con­fessed to be a fake prophet, who had been de­ceiv­ing peo­ple by stag­ing fake mir­a­cles. He stated fur­ther that he de­ceived his lat­est vic­tim, who was look­ing unto God for a child, by telling her that he could make her preg­nant.

“He added that in the process, he sex­u­ally ha­rassed the woman and at­tempted to rape her. He stated that he de­cided to adopt the same alias (Olopa to di Woli) as In­spec­tor Sa­muel Afo­labi in or­der to hood­wink peo­ple so as to get enough fol­low­ers.

“It was, how­ever, es­tab­lished that the sus­pect was never a po­lice­man, but an im­pos­tor and a se­rial fraud­ster.”

Joseph added that the com­mand would not re­lent in its ef­forts to flush out crim­i­nals from the state

• Ondo CP, Undie Adie

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