By Bisoye Oyekunle
The Ogun State Police Command has paraded one Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa, a 57-year-old pastor at Church of the Lord of Isreal who allegedly impregnated two sisters and duped the victim’s mother the sum of N1.5 million.
The pastor was paraded last Monday alongside other suspected criminals including a rapist, 8 armed robbers, a fake lawyer, a car snatcher, one kidnapper and two land grabbers terrorising Ogijo area of Ogun State.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun who paraded the suspects said they were arrested at different areas of the state between July and August.
He said, assorted charms, locally made double barrel pistols, live cartridges among others were recovered from the suspects.
The police commissioner further warned and advised the criminals in the state to submit their admonitions to the command, stating that the police had begun house to house search for illegal arms.
Ajogun, however, assured that his leadership will hunt criminals in the state to their hideouts.
The alleged fraudster, Pastor Ajigbotoluwa, in his reaction denied the allegations while insisting that he impregnated only one of the sisters and was legally married to her with the consent of her parents.
The Church of the Lord of Isreal pastor further stated that he was only possessed by evil spirits to have agreed to marry the sister.
Pastor Ajigbotoluwa maintained that he would embark on prison evangelism if he gets forgiveness from the public.
The clergyman, however, called on Nigerians to desist from condemning religious leaders, saying every religious leader are faced with temptations from the devil.
He said “I say apology to God Almighty for finding myself in this position if I knew it would happen, I wouldn’t have agreed to marry the sister.
“Then, for the people who have been giving kind of reactions, kind of motives that should we say there are Christian leaders, do we say there are clergymen. There is saint, they are clergymen. I was like that before so, people should not condemn the house of God, they should not condemn the work of God. I am crying because of God because the name of God should not be put to shame, especially when you’re talking of white garment church, the likewise Pentecostal church of God. yes, we read the same Bible, for my own sake, nobody should desert them or abuse them or molest them or say that there is no minister of God or say that there is no God or say that they will not worship God, Noooo. I am only a sinner, somebody else might not be.
“God knows the time I came to earth and the time I will go back, but if God gives me the favour and time to talk if he gives me the grace as he gave David the grace to continue the ministerial assignment. There is no man of God that Satan will not hunt except the person that its own time has not come.
” If I can have favour from God and from Nigerians, and from the government. Then, it is my promise that I will turn a new life and I will be preaching to prisoners. I will be going to cells to preach to them, that is the kind of ministry I want to establish, to change people if God can give me the grace.
“What one did that the person did not know it was bad at that tone and it resulted as if it was bad, If I knew it was bad, I won’t do it, as it’s happening now it is a disgrace on me”.