The police in Ekiti State have arrested a 32-year-old man, Olufemi Akindele, for allegedly stealing N620,115 from the offering vault of the Christian Apostolic Church Campground at Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State.
Akindele, who was among 20 suspects paraded by the Ekiti State Police Command at the Rapid Response Squad Office, Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, was intercepted on a motor bike by policemen on stop and search along the Igbara Odo-Akure Road and was found with a school bag loaded with different denominations of naira notes.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said, “During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he travelled all the way from Iropara Ekiti to the CAC Campground, Ikeji, Arakeji, Osun State, to steal a cash sum of N620,115 from the offering vault of the church.”
The suspect told journalists that being a former security at the campground before his voluntary resignation, his knowledge of the place gave him an insight of where the church kept its money following which he decided to go there for the operation.
Abutu also paraded three others for alleged conspiracy and self-kidnapping.
The suspects were said to have demanded N5m ransom.
Also, the police said a 27-year-old man, Usman Mohammed, who was arrested for alleged involvement in different kidnapping operations in the state, confessed that he and other gang members on April 22, 2022, kidnapped one Omoboade Adesina in her farm settlement along Ago Aduloju/Aso Ayegunle Road, Ado-Ekiti.
The police spokesperson said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation.