Celestial Church Shepherd Shoots Female “Worshipper” During Vigil

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A Shepherd of the Celestial Church of Christ and retired Air Force officer, Peter Ayodele Omope, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command for shooting a female worshipper, Kemi Johnson, in the leg.

He has been arrested for attempted murder and unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm.

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Omope is the Shepherd in charge of a Celestial Church of Christ, Jesu Yan Parish, situated at Olambe Junction Alawusa on the Ijoko Akute Road, Ogun State.

He was said to have shot a female guest worshipper, Kemi Johnson, at the entrance of the church.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement yesterday.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspect was arrested following a distress call received at the Police Divisional Headquarters at Ajuwon, Akute from one Deji Olalekan.

Olalekan told the police that he and the 18-year-old Kemi Johnson took their boss whom they were working with as a driver and housemaid respectively to the airport.

Oyeyemi said: “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 a 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 in the leg.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO, Ajuwon division SP Andrew Akinseye quickly mobilised 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 State University Teaching Hospital and finally to Orthopedics Hospital Igbobi Lagos.

“The pump action rifle and five live cartridges had been recovered from the suspect.”

The PPRO, however, said the Commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweeran, Abeokuta, for discreet investigation.

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