Police authorities and Gabriel Oluwagbenga who lost his car to thieves at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Keffi, Nasarawa State, seem to be on warpath over the turn of event.
Oluwagbenga, a painter lost his car while attending a programme organised by the church on November 12, 2022, for negligence.
But CSP Eunice Ogbudu, the Divisional Police Officer, Goshen Police station on Sunday, criticised him for been careless by parking his car outside the premises of the church during the church programme.
She said, “I was in my office on Saturday morning at about 8am when one man came to say that his car was stolen
“I asked where? He said opposite RCCG Keffi Camp ground. I was embarrassed, because myself and my officers were fully on ground and I was getting updates from them.
CSP Ogbudu who rose in defence of RCCG queried that ‘Why didn’t you park at the designated car park? He said that was where he used to park whenever he comes for the programme”.
But Oluwagbenga who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, but lives in Abuja, in a previous interview with The Punch, stated that he tried getting the General Overseer’s telephone number was thwarted by the church security personnel who denied him access.
“People parked on both sides. It was even the church’s volunteer security guards that directed me to park there. There was light and there were many cars parked there. No, there were no warning signs.
“When I got to where I parked it the previous day, there was no sign that a thief broke the car’s glass and my car key was with me. I could not understand how the person was able to move the car without so much effort.
“I lodged a complaint at the security office of the church and I proceeded to Goshen Police Station to lay a formal complaint. That same morning, I went to the police headquarters in Abuja too.
“I was told to write my name and the details of the car but I have not gotten any response from them (the police). The church’s security (unit) told me that I shouldn’t have parked outside but inside the church.
“I was just surprised because I was not the only one that parked there and that had been the place where I parked each time I attended the programme. I tried getting the General Overseer’s number so I could file a complaint but it was not given to me.
“There was a man who told me he saw another man driving the car away and he thought that the man was the owner of the car as there was no struggle to move the car. The man even followed me to the police (station).
“Yes, I think so because when I went to the Keffi police station to make a formal complaint, I was told that there had not been a similar complaint. Even in the church, no one had such a story to tell”, he said.