Adetokunbo Adenokpo, a 52-year old pastor who normally kidnap people to get paid a ransom has explained that his aim was to help the needy with the money.
In his recent attack, he allegedly abducted a dispatch rider and detained him in an underground facility in his church in Sagamu, Lagos.
The Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, while parading the criminals today, said while interrogating the pastor, General Overseer of the Newlife Church of God in Sagamu, Ogun state, said he ventured into kidnapping so he could raise money for his charity works.
He noted that the pastor was caught when members of his gang abducted a dispatch rider, Job Ekpe Jonathan, who had come to his church to deliver some products.
According to Mba, the victim had gone to the pastors house to deliver some goods to him, but was held hostage by the pastor and his gang members.
He noted that the pastor injected Jonathan with anesthesia to weaken him so they could tie him up easily.
Adenokpo said “In my church we do charity, where I share food and palliative to people and this became stronger during the COVID-19. I felt pity for people and I don’t have any money in my account and people still come to me for help.
A few weeks ago we were short of funds. So I had the idea of doing something for Ileya so I can get some bags of rice and beans and palm oil and other things to share, and probably with a ram, which we can cut and give to poor people and we thought we should get money from the rich companies and then raise money and use it to take care of poor people.
The three of us were involved in the kidnap of Jonathan with the hope of raising funds for the Ileya. I injected him because he was struggling I did not want him to be injured”.