The Oyo state police command has arrested a painter for allegedly killing a 69-year-old evangelist after he found out that the woman has over two million naira in her bank account when she sent him to withdraw for her from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
The painter, Niyi Abegunde, was said to have killed the woman, Evangelist (Mrs) Grace Ajibola, a lady evangelist with the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Oke Imole, Agbeni, Ibadan, in the morning of Tuesday, March 17, in the Johnson Awe area of Oluyole Estate where the woman had been living since 1975 after which he fled with the woman’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, one phone and some other valuables.
According to reports, the woman engaged the services of the painter in November 2019 and due to the good job he did, she liked him and since then, he had always been a regular face in the house, sometimes attending vigils organised by the woman on the third Monday of every month. The woman also used to send him on errands, even with her car.
The painter was said to have decided to check her account balance after withdrawal and found over N2 million in it.
He later came to the woman’s house after the young girl living with her was said to have gone out and strangled her to death.
He then locked the entrance door of the house and fled with the woman’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, one phone and some other valuables.
He had already withdrawn the sum of N120,000 from the account before policemen were informed.
Policemen were able to track his movement after getting the details of the transactions on the close Circuit Television (CCTV) of the bank. This led to his arrest in a hideout in Akure, Ondo State by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.