The police in Lagos State said they have arrested a pastor and a travel agency operator, who allegedly specializes in defrauding intending pilgrims of using the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission.
Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, who confirmed the arrests, disclosed that the suspects had been granted bail pending the completion of investigations.
The suspects, identified by the police as Lanre Onabanjor, a staff of Ashton & Dave Travel Agency and Rev. Joshua Taiwo, an Ibadan-based pastor, with the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFMINT), were arrested when policemen attached to Bar-Beach Police Station following a complaint from a victim who accused the suspects of defrauding him of about N1.3million.
A police source says the victim, Fatayi Osholonge, had approached the travel agency, located at Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, after speaking to one of their agents assured him that the agency would assist him and his wife arrange a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Vatican in Rome.