A teenage girl, Kemi Johnson, has fallen victim to a trigger-happy celestial church Pastor, Peter Ayodele Omope, who shot her in the leg during a night vigil.
The incident happened in Ifo Local Government area of Ogun State, precisely at Lambe area at Celestial Church of Christ Jesu Yan parish where Pastor Omope is the shepherd.
It happened that Johnson, an 18-year-old and a housemaid had gone with her madam’s driver to drop their boss at the airport in Lagos and while returning in the night and upon information that Oro Festival was being held in their area of destination chose to seek refuge at the church.
The Ogun State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP ABIMBOLA OYEYEMI(ANIPR) in a blow-by-blow account of the incident wrote:
The sheperd in charge of a Celestial Church of christ Jesu Yan parish, situated at Olambe junction Akute Ogun state has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for attempted murder and unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm.
The suspect, Pastor Peter Ayodele Omope was arrested following a distress call received from one Deji Olaketan who informed the police at Ajuwon divisional headquarters that, he and one 18 year old Kemi Johnson took their madam whom they are working with as driver and housemaid respectively to the airport to board plane, after dropping the madam, they took the vehicle to the house of their boss relation as directed. But on their way home, they were informed that the Oro sacrifice was ongoing at Olambe area which made it impossible for them to pass through the area.
They then saw a Celestial church where vigil was ongoing and decided to join them since it was already late in the night.
While they were at the entrance of the church, the suspect who happened to be the shepherd in- charge came out with a pump action rifle and before they could utter any explanation, he shot Kemi Johnson on the leg.
Upon the distress call, the Dpo Ajuwon division SP Andrew Akinseye quickly mobilized his men and moved to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.
The victim was quickly rushed to Ifako Ijaye general hospital, from where she was referred to Lagos university teaching hospital and finally to Orthopedics Hospital Igbobi Lagos.
The pump action rifle and five live cartridges had been recovered from the suspect.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
DSP ABIMBOLA OYEYEMI(ANIPR)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, OGUN STATE POLICE COMMAND.