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The kidnap of the Orekoya kids: Police clear air on kidnapper nanny’s alleged MFM membership

The Lagos State Police Command has called on the public to disregard all social media reports linking the kidnapper nanny, Funmilayo Adeyemi to famous Pentecostal church, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM). In a press statement forwarded to ENCOMIUM Weekly, a couple of days back, by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, the command described the publication as uncalled for

Funmilayo Adeyemi

Funmilayo Adeyemi

The statement reads in parts:

“Our attention has been drawn to comments especially in numerous social media platforms linking the nanny of the above incident to the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM). This arose because in one of her pictures, the nanny was spotted wearing a T Shirt inscribed with the insignia and logo of the Church with Usher written on it.

“While the Church has published a disclaimer as contained in Page 21 of the Saturday Vanguard of April 18, 2015 rightly stating that the notorious nanny is not, and has never been her member, we still feel compelled to put the facts in clear perspective.

The nanny in question by her personnel confession did state that she is not a member and never in fact worshipped in any branch of the MFM. She admitted to have been a member of one of the pentecostal churches (name withheld) but has converted to a new religion (name withheld) on account of marriage. It is however imperative for us to stress the fact that crimes of this nature and indeed crimes generally are neither denomination nor religion specific.  So for anybody or group of persons to link the suspect with any church or religion on account of this crime is not only mischievous but uncharitable! We say this with every sense of responsibility knowing what potent fault line religion and lately denominations have come to be in the country.

“We have been inundated with calls from far and wide, from members and non members of MFM on account of that picture. It is also important to further stress that the shirt itself is not a restricted item hence members and non members of MFM can have access to it and wear same without breaching any law. Most branded T Shirts of churches and non churches are daily worn by non members of such churches and organizations without anybody raising an eyebrow. We therefore plead that this matter be settled on the strength of the above explanation.

“As we work tirelessly to round up the remnants of this criminal and devilish gang and free the society of its menace, we seek the cooperation of all and sundry to succeed. Like the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP CK Aderanti has always maintained, nobody commits crime in Lagos and goes free. We promise to keep on cracking crimes of any magnitude to ensure that Lagos remains safe for businesses and leisure to thrive.”

“A safe Lagos is in the best interest of all and sundry”, the statement added.

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