Due to poor tithes pushed me to steal N1.2m SUV - Pastor Jeremiah Ehindero

A 41-year-old pastor has been arrested for stealing N1.2 million worth of SUV from a car dealer in Ogun state

A pastor at the Jesus Miracle Church in Sango-Ota, Ogun state has blamed the devil and poor tithe contributions from his congregations at No. 16, Ado-Odo Road, Afan, for stealing a N1.2 million vehicle.

Jeremiah Ehindero, said he stole the N1.2 million Toyota Highlander Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) from a car dealer because his congregation’s tithes and offerings was not enough to pay off a N650,000 bank loan.

Ehindero who was arrested by the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island, Lagos, said he sold off the SUV at Ore in Ondo state for N600,000

The pastor said: “I decided to steal the SUV to sell and use the proceeds to settle the N650,000 I borrowed from a microfinance bank in Lagos."

“I borrowed the sum of N650,000 from a microfinance bank to renovate my church with the hope to recover the investment from tithes and offerings, but I was surprised that for three months, no money was realised to repay the loan."

“When the pressure from the microfinance bank became too unbearable for me, the devil told me to go and steal a vehicle from the car dealer to sell and use the proceeds to repay the loan. I regret my action," Ehindero said.

The Ogun state Police command said that Ehindero’s alleged accomplices have also been arrested and will be charged to court soon.

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