43-year-old Ogundijo Abiola, and 25-year-old Alabi Olakunle, both members of a Methodist Church Cathedral in Ibadan have been arraigned for planning to rob the church of N1.5m.
According to punchng, the Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said that the suspects had invited a gang of armed robbers to invade the church and steal the huge sum of money, after which they would share their loot. However, there were apprehended during the Sunday service. He said,
“The anti-robbery squad of the command foiled an armed robbery attack on the church in Ibadan on November 6, 2016 and arrested two members of the church for their involvement in the crime. The robbery was at its final planning stage when they were arrested. The planned robbery was conceived by the two suspects, who invited the gang to rob the church of the large sum of money.”
One of the suspects, Abiola, said he contacted the robbers on Saturday and informed them that there was a large sum of money in the church coffers, adding that they would share the money equally.
The other suspect, Olakunle, claimed Abiola told him that he needed people that could handle the church priest.
“He said he wanted to beat the priest and then rob the church of N1.5m. I know a thug so I contacted him and he agreed to do it. But Abiola called me again to halt the operation and I did. But on Sunday, police came to the church and arrested us. I am only a drummer in the church.”