Pastor killed during argument with neighbour (photo)
A 67-year-old pastor, Monday Ojajuni,
was allegedly killed by a woman,
Temidayo Oladele, in front of his church in
Punch reports that the deceasedwho was
the Superintendent Evangelist of Celestial
Church of God, Mile 12, died during a
confrontation with Oladele over the latterâ€™s
decision to scoop some sand in front of his
The 19-year-old daughter of the deceased,
Oluwaseun, said she witnessed the incident
on July 19, 2013.
She said, â€œThe woman (Oladele) came to
pack sand in front of the church and
another cleric, Assistant Superintendent
Evangelist Samuel Oteghene, told her not
to pack the sand. When my father arrived
at the scene, Oteghene went inside.
â€œBut the woman rebuffed all entreaties not
to pack the sand, instead, she turned
violent and tore my fatherâ€™s robe.
â€œMy father then told her that she would run
mad within seven days. When she heard
this, she pushed my father and he fell,
hitting hit his head on the ground and died.
I reported the matter at Mile 12 Police Post.
From there it was transferred to Ketu Police
Members of the church had earlier prayed
for Monday with the hope that he would
wake up, but to no avail.
It was learnt it was after a medical doctor
confirmed Mondayâ€™s death that it dawned
on them that he was beyond redemption.
Police sources said Ketu Police Division had
arrested Oladele, while the case had also
been transferred to the State Criminal
Investigation Department, Yaba.
At the SCID, the suspect, who claimed to
be 65 years, said she did not kill the cleric.
She explained that he died during a struggle
She said, â€œAround 11.30am on Friday, I
went with a shovel to the front of the
church which is behind my house to pack
some sand. I was challenged by members
of the church.
â€œThe pastor (Monday) started struggling for
the shovel with me. The shovel tore his
clothes. He cursed me, saying that I would
die within the next seven days. We
struggled until he fell to the ground and I
left. I did not injure him and I did not know
that he was dead until later.â€
Our correspondent, who visited Mondayâ€™s
family home on Omobanta Street, Mile 12,
observed as sympathisers condole with
A banner, hanging in front of the house,
displayed the picture of the deceased. The
banner read, â€˜Monday Elijah Ojajuni,
1947-2013, Rest in Peaceâ€™
The eldest son of the deceased, Moses,
described his father as an easy-going man.
He said, â€œMy father was fasting on that day,
but he went to the church to conduct a
programme. Who would have known that
that was the last time we would see him?â€
He said his father was survived by 11
children and two wives, many of whom
were still dependent on him.
â€œMy father was a retired civil servant. He
worked at the Lagos State Ministry of
Works for many years. He had four sons
and seven daughters,â€ he said.
He added that the suspectâ€™s account of
what happened on the day was not
He said, â€œThe woman had earlier come to
pack sand from the front of our church
prior to my fatherâ€™s death and she had
been warned not to come back.
â€œAfter my father confronted her, he
attempted to go back into the church, but
she pulled him by the cape. Because it
rained on that day, the sand was slippery,
causing him to hit his head against the
Our correspondent, who also visited the
church, observed a condolence register in
front of the church gate.
The members, however, refused to talk to
our correspondent, saying they had left
everything to God.
When contacted on the telephone, the
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer,
Damasus Ozoani, confirmed Oladeleâ€™s
He said the matter was being investigated
at the Homicide Department of the SCID.
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