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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Shocking!!! Robber takes car to Pastor for blessing and was arrested in the Church

Robber takes car to pastor for
blessing, police nab him in church
By TheHerald Admin on October 21,
A man, Yinka Oyeniran, who was
nabbed after he kept a Toyota Camry
snatched by his gang members in a
church has been remanded in prison
custody after his case was charged to
court last Friday.
Forty-five-year old Oyeniran was
arraigned in Magistrates' Court 2,
Iyaganku, on a two-count charge of
conspiracy and robbery. He was
accused of conspiring with others at
large to dispossess a woman of her
Toyota Camry car with registration
number LSR 292 AT in Ibadan, along
with other valuables.
Oyo State Police Public Relations
Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, had
told journalists recently that Oyeniran
was arrested in his church in Gbongan,
Osun State through the collaborative
efforts of policemen from Oyo and
Osun States who laid ambush for him
after they traced a car that was
snatched in Ibadan, Oyo State, to the
church premises.
Though Oyeniran attended church
regularly and deceived members of his
church at Akinlalu junction in Gbongan,
that he was a fervent and devout
Christian, God proved to him that He
cannot be mocked as his criminal acts
became exposed through the car he
kept in the church premises.
Oyeniran, an indigene of Gbongan but
who farms in Modakeke town, also in
Osun State, had told his pastor and
members of the congregation to rejoice
with him over the purchase of a
Tokunbo Toyota Camry car. Unknown
to the pastor, however, Oyeniran and
his four-member gang had snatched the
car from a woman in Ibadan.
Crime Reports gathered that the four-
man gang which operated with the use
of motorcycles, trailed their victim from
a fellowship centre to her residence at
Kute Wofun area of the city with an
unregistered red Honda motorcycle on
August 10 at 9p.m., and robbed her
of the car valued at N1.3million.
Not only that, the armed robbers
reportedly collected the woman's
handsets, handbag, Blackberry valued
N67,000, jewellery valued at
N100,000 and a sum of
N120,000 cash. Unfortunately for
the armed robbers, the car was
tracked to Oyeniran's church where he
hid it. Crime Reports learnt that
Oyeniran was forced to push the car
into the church premises when it
stopped working after it was
In an interview with Crime Reports
when the accused was paraded by the
Oyo State Police Command, he
mentioned his gang members as Taiye
Victor, Tunde, an okada rider and
another man whose name he claimed
he did not know.
The accused also revealed that he had
gone for robbery on two or three
occasions but denied ever using a gun,
saying that the guns they were using
belonged to other members.
Describing how the operation was
carried out, Oyeniran had said that it
was Taiye who held the gun while he
held a pipe they used in threatening
their victim. He also said he was the
one who collected their victim's money,
handsets as well as car key while Taiye
demanded for the original documents of
the car and removed its number plates.
He however said he tore the
documents into shreds and threw them
into the bush on the way to Gbongan
so as to avoid the scrutiny of
policemen on the highway.
Before Oyeniran confessed his deeds,
he had initially denied snatching the
car, telling the police that he bought
the vehicle for N1million from Taiye
who purchased it from Cotonou in
Republic of Benin. The accused said he
paid N200,000 upfront and gave an
additional N300,000 when the car
was brought, claiming that he was still
owing Taiye a balance of N500,000.
Other items recovered from the
suspect, according to the PPRO,
included one unregistered red Honda
motorcycle, one red Nissan Sunny car
with registration number AP 406
SGB, a bunch of keys and a rectum
cable wire
The sitting magistrate in Court 2, Mrs
Oyediran, ordered that the accused be
remanded in prison custody and
adjourned the case till November 19,

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