By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested the Shepherd in charge of a Celestial Church of Christ, ‘Jesu Yan Parish’, situated at Olambe junction, Akute in Ifo Local Government Area of the state for attempted murder and unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm.
The command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Oyeyemi: “The suspect, Pastor Peter Ayodele Omope was arrested following a distress call received from one Deji Olaketan who informed the police at Ajuwon divisional headquarters that, he and one 18 year old Kemi Johnson took their madam whom they are working with as driver and housemaid respectively to the airport to board plane.
“After dropping the madam, they took the vehicle to the house of their boss’ relation as directed.
“But on their way home, they were informed that the Oro sacrifice was ongoing at Olambe area which made it impossible for them to pass through the area.
“They then saw a Celestial Church where vigil was ongoing and decided to join them since it was already late in the night
“While they were at the entrance of the Church, the suspect who happened to be the shepherd in- charge came out with a pump action rifle and before they could utter any explanation, he shot Kemi Johnson on the leg.
“Upon the distress call, the DPO Ajuwon division, Andrew Akinseye mobilized his men and moved to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
“The victim was quickly rushed to Ifako Ijaye General Hospital, from where she was referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital and finally to Orthopedics Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.
“The pump action rifle and five live cartridges had been recovered from the suspect.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.