The Lagos State police command last weekend arrested a 25-year old driver for attempted theft of his company’s in connivance with the pastor of a church where he worships, the pastor was said to have hypnotized the driver in a bid to get him to carry out the theft of the car.
The Driver Daniel Oguntade, was arraigned in court for trying to convert the company’s vehicle, a Toyota Hiace, 2014 model, with number plate EKY 463 DM to Ogun State, with the intent of disposing it for cash. However, luck ran out on him when he was arrested by a team of operatives from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
Upon interrogation, Mr Oguntade, claimed that he never wanted to commit the crime, but that he was hypnotized by his pastor to commit the crime, after Mr Oguntade was instructed to pick up a client at the airport and deposit the sum of` N150,000 with another client. Apprehension, however, set in when he did not show up at 8pm as directed, with the visiting client left stranded at the airport and all efforts to get in touch with him was futile as he ignored all calls placed to his phone.
When news of the development reached the Lagos State police commissioner Fatai Owoseni, he directed the RSS commander Olatunji Disu, to unearth the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the driver and the company’s vehicle. With the collaboration of policemen at the Sango Area Command in Ogun State, the car was said to have been traced to Ifo, where the driver and a man, later discovered to be an electrician, were caught trying to disconnect the tracking device on the car.
Mr Oguntade said: “I had no intention of diverting the vehicle and my pastor talked me into doing it. I have been working for the company for three years without any soiled record and my salary is N60,000 (£205)
“I suspect I was hypnotized by my pastor because while I was on the Third Mainland Bridge at 11.30am, heading for the airport, I received two calls, one from my dad, informing me that my mother was sick and the other from my pastor, ordering me to report immediately at the church located at Adiyan, Ogun State. As if propelled by forces beyond me, I proceeded to the church in the company’s vehicle and on arrival, my pastor told me to drop the hampers in the church, even when I told him that my boss directed me to give them to some clients.”
According to Mr Oguntade, a church member, Oyetade Ade, accompanied him to the fuel station to fill the tank but to his surprise, the car refused to start while at the fuel station. When he then called his pastor to inform him about the development, he said the pastor instructed him to call his boss and tell him that the vehicle had been snatched at gun point by robbers, including the hampers and cash.
“I could not pick my calls when my boss called and when I eventually picked it, I could not talk. I never knew the vehicle had a tracking device as I thought it had an electrical fault that was why I called an electrician to repair it but to my surprise, the RRS men swoop on us,” Mr Oguntade added.
Sources privy to the investigation have said that when the pastor was invited for questioning, he denied all of Mr Oguntade’s claims, dissociating himself from Mr Oguntade and the crime. Yesterday, the suspects were transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.