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Pastor Felix Ajadi of the Palace of Promotion church in Owode, Ogun State has cried out to deny the allegation of his involvement in any ritual killing which he was arrested for.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Pastor Ajadi was arrested for allegedly conniving with some men to abduct and kill a 39-year-old man, Adekunle Muyiwa for ritual purpose.
Ajadi who was on Wednesday, paraded alongside other suspects at the state police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta told PLATFORM TIMES that he was innocent.
Narrating his ordeal, Ajadi said, “I had an accident sometimes ago and I sustained serious injury which included spraining my back, to the extent that I could not stand or walk. So, I met a boy called Habeeb, he was the one who gave me the herbal concoction I drank when I had the issue with my back, and after drinking the herbal medicine for some days, my back healed.
“Since that day and since I started working back on my feet, I haven’t met him again. Some months later, I saw him and he apologized for not coming to check on me since I became healthy. Then I told him to come and pay me a visit and that was when he advised me to go for adult education in order to build my English speaking skills because I couldn’t speak good English.
“That was how we attended the same school for adult education and got to meet Abel as well. They met at my house later that evening, we talked and played for a while before Habeeb said that he wanted to go and drink palm wine, but I didn’t follow them because I am a pastor and I don’t drink. That was how Abel went with him and ever since, I haven’t set my eyes on either of them.
“This Saturday, I met a policeman in my area who told me that the DPO wanted to see me and I went there with him. On getting there, I was interrogated by the policemen. They asked if I knew anyone called Boko and I told them I didn’t know anyone. Not until Abel was called out and he cleared that he( Boko) was the boy he met at my place. On this note, I declared that I didn’t know him as Boko, but Habeeb.
“Infact, I was used to calling him my brother, not knowing that they had killed someone.
“I didn’t know anything about the whole thing until I got to the police station. Abel just narrated the whole story to me when we got here yesterday, that he collected N80,000 from Habeeb to kill someone and bring him the human parts.
“You can ask him (Abel) as he is standing before you now if I know anything about the happening. He has been asked in the station as well and he told them I was not a part of the whole story.
“I am not one of them ( fake pastors). May God protect us from the evils of the world. I am a truthful pastor, trusted by my people in my community and I have never been caught up in any illegal or evil act. You can ask about me in my community and get your findings.
“I have not seen them in a very long time till this Saturday when I was invited to the station. I only met him (Habeeb) when I had the accident about two years ago.
“We (I and Abel) don’t stay in the same area. He was staying at Penpe while I was staying at Olokuta in Owode. We have never attended any event or occasion together before now. We met in adult school and that was when I knew him. It has been up to three years now that I have known him but I never heard or expected anything of this nature from him. I only went for adult education due to my job of ministering which oftentimes requires me to be able to speak English. I however stopped going to the school because I was not catching up. I learnt he had gone to learn auxiliary nursing afterwards.
“Firstly, I am grateful to God that he attested to it that I know nothing about the whole thing. He was asked behind me and in my presence but he said he was not involved in the deal. I am grateful.”
However, another 30-year- old suspect, Abel Idowu admitted that he was the perpetrator of the act and that he was guilty of the offence.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Idowu is a 30-year-old married man with 3 children.
Idowu said, “I was arrested for the kidnap and murder of my friend, Muyiwa. We have only gotten to know each other for about two months. He was someone who enjoyed getting drunk, so we often visited one another.
“About a month ago, Pastor Ajadi called me that I should come to his place and that was where and how I met Boko. We were introduced to each other. About a week later, Boko called me and asked me to meet him, telling me that he needed a human head, heart, hands and legs.
“He only said he wanted to use it for a money ritual, but he didn’t say who. He promised to give me N200,000 if I could help him get it, out of which he gave me N80,000.
“I agreed to get the parts for him, after which I discussed it with Clement, ‘Baba Christy’. After we had reached an agreement to carry out the task, Boko gave us an initial payment of N80,000 and we shared it equally at N40,000 each.
“After sharing the money with Clement, we made our plan on how to do the job. On the 10th of November, we took Muyiwa to the farm at Ifako where we killed and dismembered his body.
“I know he (the deceased’s soul) would never forgive me for what I have done. While I was killing him, I didn’t feel all right doing it. I was tense.
“We went to the bar to drink alcohol on that day. I was the one who bought the alcohol on that day and I told them that I wanted to go to Ifako, but he said he would go with me like we always go out together. When we got there, he had a convulsion which rendered him weak and helpless on the floor. He often has these episodes of convulsion whenever he drinks alcohol so it was not new to me. But, it was at that moment that I slaughtered him. I beheaded him with a cutlass in Clements farm.
When asked what should be done to him considering the gravity of his offence, Idowu said, “Well, the bible is clear, it says, ‘anyone who kills with a machete shall be killed with a machete’. However, I don’t know the judgment that would be given to me now but I acknowledge the fact that I am in serious trouble, so, I don’t know what I can do for now.”
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