Wale Adelu, 45, is a church worker with Prayer Centre Church of God on Idanre Road in Akure, Ondo State; he is also a member of armed robbery gang that robbed Diamond Bank Plc, Akure branch barely three months ago. During the robbery, four people were killed.
Only if Wale Adelu had heeded the warnings of the founder and General Overseer of his churchProphet Samson Oluwamodemay be it could have been a different story today. Prophet Samson Oluwamode had on different occasions warned his church members who were into robbery to quit or face the wrath of God. Few weeks before the November 22, 2011 bank robbery, the cleric was more specific when he warned that a member of the church would be caught and disgraced after a bloody but successful robbery operation.
On November 22, the bank robbery was bloody and the armed robbers succeeded and carted away with millions of naira; four people lost their lives in the process.
Three months after the incident, detectives from the Ondo State Police Command arrested Adeluand four others who participated in the robbery. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Sani Magaji, while parading the suspects before newsmen on Friday said the robbers carted away unspecified amount of money and that they managed to escape on that day despite the fact that the police gave them a hot chase.
He said, “Police efforts eventually paid off as four of the gang members were arrested in different locations. All of them later confessed to the crime. They are: Wale Adelu popularly known as evangelist; Ikechukwu Maduagwu; Fayemi Albert Olabusuyi and Mukaila Raji.”
The fifth person who was paraded along with them, Mr. Ropo Adeleye, claimed that his brother, which he identified simply as Bayo was one of the robbers.
Adeleye said, “I am a prince of Ikole-Ekiti. One of my younger brothers was among the gang of robbers. His name is Bayo. I did not know that they were armed robbers”.
“I am a driver based in Ado-Ekiti. My brother just called me on the telephone on that day that he was with his friends at Ikogosi –Ekiti and that I should come and lead them because they had missed their way”.
“I went to meet them at Ikogosi. I showed them the way and they gave me N100, 000. I did not follow them. I observed that they all wore hard faces and I asked from my brother what they do for a living and he said they were all businessmen”.
“Two months after, one of the gang members, named Busuyi led the police to my house and arrested me.”
Adelu, who buried his head in shame said, “I am a worker in the prayer centre church of God, led by Rev. Samson Oluwamodede. Somebody called me and informed me about a deal sometimes in November last year”.
“Other people came and we started planning. We carried out the planning in Akure inside a popular eatery (name withheld). I am a farmer in Akure. I live in Oke Aro. I was actively involved in the robbery incident. It was coordinated by a young man”.
“I was given N300, 000. We escaped through Ilesa Road en-route Igbara-Oke, Igbara-Odo before we got to Ikogosi. I am an indigene of Ilara-Mokin.”