Pastor, others hijack truck with N25m goods

The pastor(middle) and others

The pastor(middle) and others

The Federal Special
Anti-Robbery Squad,
Adeniji Adele, Lagos,
has arrested a pastor,
Peter Iyasele, and two
others for allegedly
hijacking a truck with
N25m worth of goods in the Ijora area of Lagos.
PUNCH Metro learnt that while the two other suspects ─
Anthony Ibiade and Amas Debar ─ were arrested in Ijora,
the 56-year-old clergy was arrested in Igando, Lagos.
Our correspondent gathered from the police that the
hijacked truck, which contained 25 heavy duty outdoor
airconditioners, belonging to a company based in Apapa,
Lagos.
According to the police, the market value of the heavy duty
air conditioners is about N25m.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspects were arrested after
information got to DCP Chris Ejike. He subsequently directed
his men to trail the suspects who were on the move to sell
the products.
Our correspondent learnt that after the truck, which was
initially heading for Ikeja, was hijacked by the suspects, the
airconditioners were taken to a warehouse in Ibadan, Oyo
State.
However, after the police swooped on the suspects, 22 units
of the products were recovered, while one had been
vandalised. The remaining two were said to have been sold.
It was gathered that two members of the syndicate ─ Oliver
and another whose name had yet to be known ─ were still at
large and were believed to have sold the two air
conditioners.
The police said the suspects were experts in hijacking and
diverting trucks containing electronic appliances and other
household items.
In his statement to the police, the pastor said he was
working as a transporter before he took to hijacking trucks.
He added that the new job was to “source for funds to
sustain my church.”
Iyasele, an indigene of Edo State, said in his statement that
he heard a call from God, but there was no money to pursue
it. Hence, he had to source for funds to be able “to survive in
the ministry”.
PUNCH Metro gathered that 38-year-old Debar and Ibiade,
53, were the first to be arrested by the police before they led
detectives to the pastor.
Our correspondent learnt that Iyasele’s church is situated
along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Ibiade, in his own statement, confessed to the police that he
was the one who arranged for the driver who took the
hijacked truck from Lagos to the warehouse in Ibadan.

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