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Police arrests popular pastor for impersonation in Ondo

By Tunde Bright Olorungbotemi, Akure

Barely a month after DSS arrested the pastor and founder Pastor of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Alfa Babatunde, Another pastor has been arrested by Police in the same state, VAM News reports.

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A source at the Nigeria Police Force, Ondo State Command, on Monday morning, who spoke with our correspondent, confirmed the arrest of a man identified as Ayetare Sunday for claiming to be an officer of the Command.

The latest arrests of the suspect was done  in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the State, in December 2019, according to the Police.

Before his arrest , the suspect, who claimed to be a prophet, masqueraded as Inspector Samuel Afolabi, also known as ‘ Olopa to di woli’ which translates directly as ‘ The policeman turned a prophet. ’

According to the Police , the suspect had allegedly performed fake miracles to deceive unsuspecting members of the public using the name; ‘Inspector Afolabi , the prophet police officer ’ .

The suspect was also alleged to have involved in act of sexual harassment.

The Police Public Relations Officer , Femi Joseph, while speaking with The PUNCH‘ s Correspondent, explained that the suspect had confessed to have committed the crimes upon interrogation, VAM News has gathered.

Joseph said, “ Ayetare Sunday , 35 year old, a native of itepe Okitipupa, in a crusade at a white garment church in igbokoda, was arrested for offences of attempted rape and sexual harassment.

“On interrogation, the suspect also confessed to be (ing) a fake prophet who had been deceiving people by organising fake miracles . He stated further that he deceived his latest victim who was looking unto God for a child by telling her that he could make her pregnant.

“He added that in the process, he sexually harassed the woman.

He concluded that he decided to adopt the same cognomen ( Olopa to di woli) with Prophet Inspector Samuel Afolabi, in order to hoodwink people so as to get enough followers.
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“It was however established that the suspect was never a policeman but an impostor and serial fraudster, ” Joseph said, adding that the Command would not relent in its efforts to rid criminals out of the State.

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