A man, George Obasi, who was caught while trying to steal a Sport Utility Vehicle,
SUV, during church service at an Anglican Church in Lagos,
stunned his interrogators when he claimed he got a divine directive to
take the SUV home.
The 43year old man, said he had to take the SUV since he needed
money to start a new business because his former business collapsed and
he has been praying over it before the day of the incident.
at Anglican Cathedral located at Okodua Street, Kirikiri Town, Lagos,
southwest Nigeria, listened in disbelief to what Obasi was telling the
church securitymen who caught him in the act.
The church members and the securitymen ignored his alleged divine message. They arrested and handed him over to the police where he was tortured till he confessed…
the police station, he allegedly confessed to the police that he
attempted to steal the SUV, sell it and use the money to start a
The 43- year old man pretended that he had come to the
church to worship and joined others at the congregational service. He,
however, armed himself with tools to steal at the church premises.
the service was going on, he quietly went out to where a Nissan SUVwith
registration number MP 461ABC was parked to steal it. He reportedly
used a sharp object in his pocket and forced the door of the vehicle
He was caught while attempting to drive the car out of the church premises.
Obasi was charged to an Apapa Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of attempted stealing.
His plea was not taken.
presiding magistrate, Mrs. A .O. Ogundare ordered that the matter
should be transferred to Kirikiri Magistrate’s Court where he will face