Police Arrest Church Administrator for Attempting to Sell Stolen Vehicle

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By Chiemelie Ezeobi

The administrative officer of a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Olawale Olabinwonnu, was at the weekend arrested by the Intelligence team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) while trying to sell a stolen vehicle.

During the preliminary interrogation, the 35-year-old suspect alleged that his prophet pushed him into selling the vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, 2015 model, which had been stolen at gunpoint.

The vehicle, whose original vehicle number was changed to a fake one – APP 510 DW, in order to sell it, has been recovered at a car park in Lekki, Lagos.

After tracking the car, the RRS investigators had on seeing the vehicle on a popular online shopping platform,  called the marketer to indicate their interest in buying the car.

Pretending to be a couple interested in the car, the police were able to lure the marketer, who enthusiastically came forward to welcome the buyers before he was arrested.

After he was arrested, he assisted the police in tracking and arresting the church administrator several days later.

Meanwhile, Olabinwonnu, apparently sensing something was wrong with the vehicle had along with his family parked out of his Ikorodu residence and office to evade arrest, but investigators were able to track him to another church in Ikorodu where he was arrested last Sunday after church service.

The vehicle, which is owned by one of the first generation banks in the country, was reported stolen at gun point when robbers invaded a hotel in Iju – Ishaga area, where the manager of the bank was lodging.

The robbers were reported to have requested for the car key from the banker before making away with it along with other valuables.

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