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Monday, January 9, 2017
Police arrest Redeemed pastor involved in illegal burial of murdered boy in Abuja
The police in Abuja have arrested a cleric, Pastor Timothy Adigun, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Shere Koro, Bwari Area Council, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, for getting involved in the burial of a murdered boy.
Koro allegedly assisted a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Olaoye to bury the deceased, Ayomide Samuel that died in their home.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Manzah Anjuguri, told newsmen on Sunday that investigators had arrested Adigun for his involvement in the illegal burial of Samuel.
He confirmed that the couple had reportedly fled with the body of the primary four pupil, who died at their residence in the Zone B area of the community on Christmas Day.
Anjuguri said, “The primary four pupil gave up the ghost after he was believed to have been hit on the head with an object by the wife on Christmas Day.
“It was gathered that the couple had earlier taken the corpse of the boy to a clinic, but the workers at the clinic refused to admit the body when they saw blood all over the vehicle.
“They reportedly asked them to bring a police report before they would admit the body.
“The police, following a tip-off, embarked on a manhunt for the couple for fleeing with Samuel’s corpse after officials had directed them to report the incident at the Bwari Divisional Police Station.
“Adigun was arrested for assisting the wanted couple to bury the deceased in an unmarked grave in Shere Koro at night.”
According to the report, Olaoye then approached the Chief of Shere Koro community to purchase a piece of land for the burial of the boy, but the chief refused, so he contacted Pastor Adigun, one Kayode and two police officers who are members of the church to assist with the burial.
“But following rigorous investigation by the police,” the PPRO continued, “All the people that participated in the internment of the deceased were identified, leading to the arrest and detention of the cleric for allegedly leading the burial team.
“Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the Olaoyes, who are the prime suspects in the homicide case.
“We have a suspect in custody in respect of the case; he assisted the couple to bury the deceased.
“The police are on the trail of the prime suspects, we are working hard to get them,” the PPRO added.