Farouk Mohammed and Jamiu Kasali, two fugitive suspects who killed Pastor Babatunde Dada of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, on 6th Avenue in Festac Town, have been apprehended by the Lagos State Police Command.
On December 2, 2021, the suspects, who professed to be aspiring musicians, hacked the 46-year-old pastor to death and left with his bag containing some cash.
The accused allegedly contacted the unsuspecting pastor under the guise of being strangers in Lagos who needed an accomodation.
The dead kept them in a room in the church, which also functioned as his home, only to be assaulted the next day about 12 p.m. and left to die in a pool of his own blood.
The suspects were also said to have gone to church the Sunday before the event and came out during an altar call to’surrender their lives to Jesus.’
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, AIG Hakeem Odumosu was engaged in an interview with Vanguard and below are excerpts.
Kasali, said, “On the day we struck, the Pastor came to Church in morning, gave us money for food and left. Later, he came in with a bag containing money,”
“Few hours before then, Farouk got a telephone call from his mother, urging him to come home quickly that she was sick. We were contemplating on how he would get money to take his mother to the hospital when the Pastor walked in with the bag containing money.
“We followed him upstairs, hit him with a plank, before stabbing him with a broken bottle in the neck. He fell down. We grabbed the bag and left the house.
Mohammed, 15, claimed he lied to his parents about travelling to Lagos for a gig since he was an emerging musician.
“I lied to my mother that I would get at least, N200,000 from the show. We are upcoming musicians. We have been in the industry for three years. When things were not going on as planned, we decided to do something else , in order to invest in our music industry. My stage name is Zealight while Kasali’s J Fresh,” he said.
“Our mission in Lagos was to look for where to perform. But that plan changed immediately we saw Pastor with the bag containing money.” he added.