Two suspected pastors arrested for murder in Ogun

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Ogun state police command has arrested two suspected pastors Chuckwuka Stephen and Ejim Stephen for allegedly killing their brother in-law, Peter Chukwuyem.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on the 5th of February 2019 at Ibafo area of the state following a tip off by the wife of the deceased.

Oyeyemi added that the suspects who confessed to committing the crime after interrogation revealed that they killed the victim because they were denied space to conduct their religious activities.

He also explained that the victim who married to the elder sister of the two suspects brought them from their village in Delta State to Papa Ibafo in the state where the two of them lived with the couple for sometime.

He said “while they were living with the deceased, they were using the frontage of the deceased house for their church activities but when their conduct is no longer pleasant to their in-law, he sent them away from the place which made them nursed animosity against the deceased.

“On the 5th of February 2019, the deceased went to his farm with two of his teenage daughters in the morning and met the two suspects at the farm, because, of the presence of the two girls, they were unable to do anything to him for fear of being exposed.

“In the evening of the same day, the deceased went back to the farm alone, and the suspects who have been waiting for him at the farm accosted him and matcheted him to death.

“It was when the deceased didn’t return on time that his wife traced him to the farm and met his dead body.

“She subsequently went to Ibafo Police station where she lodged complaint.

“The two brothers were later arrested by the Police at Ibafo on account of the two daughters of the deceased who informed the Police that they saw the two of them earlier in their father’s farm.

“On interrogation, the two suspects denied killing their brother in-law, but when they were confronted by the two daughters of the deceased, they confessed killing the deceased in his farm because he deprived them of continuing using of his frontage for their church activities.

“The corpse of the deceased was subsequently removed and deposited at the General Hospital mortuary for post mortem examination”.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Cp Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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