"I Use Money Made From Stolen Cars To Fund My Church" – Pastor (Photo)

A pastor, who was apprehended
by irate mob and beaten to
stupor for alleged car theft, has
been detained by the Abia State
Police Command.
The pastor, Onyenweaku Chibunnam, who is the founder
of a new generation church
identified as the Assembly of the
Redeemed at Ohafia, was said to
be linked to a car robbery
syndicate in the Amaekpu- Ohafia area of the state.
He was nabbed and tied up by
irate mob including a vigilante
group who reportedly caught
him in the act two days ago.
Items like several vehicle license plates and car keys were found
in his possession.
The self-acclaimed pastor, who
confessed to the crime, was
handed over to operatives of the
state Police Command. Confirming the arrest to
newsmen while parading the
suspect at the Police Officers
Mess in Umuahia, the state
capital, on Wednesday, the state
Commissioner of Police, CP, Leye Oyebade, said Chibunnam was
caught while stealing a Toyota
Camry in Ebem Ohafia
community, of the Ohafia Local
Government Area of the state.
He said Chibunnam was arrested with an accomplice, Prince
Nnabugwu, who confessed that
they belonged to a car-
snatching syndicate.
“They were arrested after
stealing the Toyota Camry from where its owner packed it some
days ago.
“The suspects were arrested
based on a tip-off.
“They confessed to have stolen
six Toyota Camry cars from Aba and sold some of them to one
Maxwell in Port Harcourt, the
Rivers State capital,” the CP
The prime suspect said they did
not snatch the car, but stole it from where it was parked.
He explained that it was their
sixth in the last few months,
adding that he usually sold the
cars at 60,000 to one Maxwell
who resides in Port Harcourt. The pastor said, “Maxwell
contacted me sometime last year
to buy my car that I put up for
sale, but he didn’t give me a
good price for it, so, I couldn’t
sell it to him. But when I stole an old model Toyota Camry last
year, I called him to come and
take the car I stole.
“We started having a
misunderstanding when he
requested the car’s original papers and I couldn’t provide
them. I later told him that I stole
the car.
“Maxwell became more
interested in the business and
gave me a master key with which I could steal Toyota Camry
“I used the money from the
crime to fund my 30-member
“I promise not to return to crime if I am set free by the police. It
was the work of the devil,” he
Meanwhile, the CP, while urging
members of the public to
purchase their vehicles from only genuine car dealers, said
the owner of the stolen black
Camry Saloon had recovered it.
He, however, warned criminals
in the state to relocate, saying
the command would not relent in its war against criminality in
the state.