By Paul Iyoghojie
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-robbery squad, FSARS, on Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, arrested a fleeing suspected member of Aiye Cult Confraternity , Moses Okoi, 28, who had been on the run since October 2019 and arraigned him before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly conniving with two others already facing trial for attempt to kill a female pastor, Janet Ogunsola.
Police alleged that Pastor Benjamin Akinsanya, 56, in charge of the life House Ministry at Ojo, Lagos allegedly sponsored Okoi and others still at large to eliminate Ogunsola in order to stop her spiritual popularity over him in church ministry in ojo area of Lagos.
Other suspects earlier charged with the pastor over the alleged crime were Darlington Oriji, 25 and liberty Elvis, 20.
Following the arrest of Okoi, the police consolidated the charge sheet and re-arraigned him with the pastor and two others at the weekend before the Igbosere Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos on a four-court charge bordering on attempted murder.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and were granted bail.
Police alleged that pastor Akinsanya allegedly paid the suspects N500,000 to kill the female pastor in charge of Glorious Chapel Ministry located at 1, Adeleye Street, Ojo, lagos to stop her alleged soaring spiritual popularity over him in Ojo area of Lagos.
Police further alleged that trouble started in October, 2019 when the suspects invaded the residence of the complainant with others still at large, armed with guns with intents to kill her.
Police alleged that when the suspects who claimed to be members of Aiye Cult Confraternity in Ojo, Lagos could not find the complainant, they allegedly shot sporadically into her residence and left.
One of the court charges read: that you pastor Benjamin Akinsanya, 56; Darlington Oriji, 23; Liberty Elvis , 20 and Moses Okoi, 28, and others still at large in October, 2019 did attempt to unlawfully kill one Janet Ogunsola by shooting sporadically at her residence at 1, Adeleye Street, Ojo, Lagos,
Police counsel, CSP Charles Onwumere, said in charge number F/05A/2020 that the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411, 230 (a) (b) and 287 (5) (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Magistrate A A Famobiwo adjourned the case till 8 April 2020 for further hearing.