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How a ‘Gospel Singer’ was caught stealing SUV at Winners’ church

22-year-old Mr. Samuel Sunday was caught last weekend while attempting to steal an SUV at the Living Faith Church,
popularly known as ‘Winners Chapel,’ located at Sango-Otta, Ogun State.Nobody knew he came into the worship centre to steal a car. Thus, while
others were singing and praising God, Sunday was frantically searching
for the perfect vehicle to steal.

The perfect vehicle would be one, whose owner forgot the gate pass
inside the car. Whenever church members were driving into the church
premises, security guards at the gate would give them a gate pass.

Nobody is allowed to drive in or out of the church premises without the
gate pass. Sunday was almost giving up hope of ever finding the perfect
car, when he chanced on a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The owner, apparently in a hurry, left the gate pass in the car. The hunter crowed joyfully. He had
successfully broken into the car and was struggling
to undo the security device of the car, in order to turn on the
ignition, when a woman sighted and watched him.

When he noticed the woman, he smiled sheepishly, grimaced at himself and
said: “I have lost my car key.” He didn’t know the woman was the owner
of the car.

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Needless to say, Sunday was whisked away by policemen from Obasanjo Police Station, Ogun State.

After his arrest, Sunday blamed everything on his action, including his father’s early demise and devil. The police said:

“Sunday broke one of the rear glasses of the SUV and forced himself into
the driver’s seat. He was battling with the security device in the
vehicle, when he was discovered.”

The owner of the car, who refused to give her name, said:

 “It happened last week Sunday. We had just finished the fourth service
and decided to eat at the restaurant. We were still at the restaurant,
when one of our neighbours called that we should wait for him. He said
he wanted to drive home with us. I told one of my daughters to go and
wait for our neighbour at the point we parked our car. When she got
there, she saw the young man and rushed back to tell us.”

The woman continued:

 “Initially, the suspect didn’t know that the vehicle was ours. He told
us that he owned the vehicle and that he had lost his key.”

Sunday, who claimed to be 19-year-old and later 22, described himself as
a gospel singer. He also described himself as an undergraduate and a
driver. He said:

“I don t know what came over me. I wanted to take the vehicle home. It
has been long I left home. I’m behaving this way because my father died
when I was very young.

I have not gone to my mother’s house in Lamgbasa, Ajah for some time. I
have been staying with my nephew. I wanted to go back home with the
vehicle.”

A police source at Obasanjo Police Station, said:

“The suspect is a car thief ! We recovered wraps of Indian hemp from
him. He went to the church just for the purpose of stealing a car from
the park.

We found out that he had moved round the parking lot before he finally
saw the SUV. The owner left the gate pass inside the vehicle. He
wouldn’t have been allowed to drive the vehicle out of the premises
without the gate pass.

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348061000090 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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