By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded a fake pastor, Sam Olufemi Olukunle for impersonating himself as manager of renowned gospel musician, Evangelist (Dr) Bola Are.
According to report, Olukunle was arrested for duping unsuspecting citizen in some parts of the country over some time.
The suspect was arrested at the Oyo State Government Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan on Sunday 21st of December where Evangelist (Dr) Bola Are was invited to minister carol song for the Christmas celebration.
The suspect since his arrest has refused to talk, and has been taking to hospital for medical checkup when showed sign of illness.
Speaking on the development, the evergreen gospel musician said the issue first came up in 1996 during a carol service held at her church, Christ Apostolic Church, (CAC) Bola Are street, Idi Obi near the Airport, Ibadan where the said Pastor stole a giant keyboard they used for the carol.
“God told me to organise Christmas carol with a gathering of 1,000 gospel singers. Like many other people who graced the occasion, the man too came to the carol and introduced himself as Pastor Sam Femi Olukunle.
“After the carol, he stole a rented keyboard which cost about N800,000 but was caught by a little boy when he was trying to smuggle it through the bush path.”
Evangelist Bola Are also recalled that the man impersonated her at an induction programme held at Christ Apostolic Church, Eleta and donated two N5 notes on her behalf at the programme, a development which she said undermined her personality.
Evangelist Bola Are said he has been going about duping people with her name, parading himself as her manager, WAEC, NECO and JAMB agent and that he graduated from her school of gospel music.
“I don’t know him from Adam, he was never my manager, student or business associate. He is a gay and has committed so many atrocities all over the place.
“He went to Ede Polytechnic to dupe the students, telling them that I was coming to sing in their school. But was exposed by one of the students who called me to inquire on the development. And I told them that it was not true.
Speaking during the parade of the suspect at the NSCDC Headquarters Agodi in Ibadan, the Public Relation Officer Superintendent Oluwole Olusegun ably represented by the Assistant Public Relations Officer of the command, Oluokun Adeyemi said the command has been on the issue since pastor Olukunle was arrested and brought to their custody.
According to him, the command in its findings and investigation gathered that the suspect has committed so many crimes adding that he has been put in their record.
“In our investigation, we discovered that the said pastor Sam Olukunle has been impersonating and parading himself as manager of Evangelist Bola Are, he has been involved in so many illegalities.
“He has refused to talk since he was brought to our custody, and has been taking to hospital twice for medical check-up.
“We appeal to the public to be security conscious on people like Sam Olukunle.