Pastor claims he hijacked truck with N25m goods to sustain his church(Photo)
The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji Adele,
Lagos, has arrested a pastor, Peter Iyasele(Middle), and two
others for allegedly hijacking a truck with N25m worth of
goods in the Ijora area of Lagos.
Punch 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
It was 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
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
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
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
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
Punch 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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