Celestial Church pastor arrested with unlicensed gun

The police have arrested a pastor in charge of a Celestial Church of Christ, (Jesu Yan parish), located at Olambe junction in the Akute area of Ogun state, for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

According to the police, they were alerted to a distress call that the pastor, named Peter Omope, had shot one Kemi Johnson in the leg.

The police said, “The suspect, Pastor Peter Ayodele Omope, was arrested following a distress call received from one Deji Olaketan, a driver”

Olaketan reportedly “informed the police at Ajuwon divisional headquarters that, he and one 18 year old Kemi Johnson, a house help, took their madam to the airport to board a plane.

“However, after dropping their boss, while 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 a 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 in the leg.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO Ajuwon division SP Andrew Akinseye quickly 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 have been recovered from the suspect.”

The police said the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.


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