Samuel Adeneye, 49, and Oyerinde Olawunmi have been summoned before The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions for a human skull found in the ceiling of St. Peter Cherubim and Seraphim band on Moses Adebisi Street, in Ketu on July 2013.
The suspects reported to have threatened to kill some of the pastors in the church who they accused to be members of a secret cult organisation.
ASP Franklin Alade and Cpl Deleojo Odunayo of the Special Anti-robbery Squad are also involved in the case for abuse of public office.
Adeneye and Olawunmi had informed the two SARS officers about the case of cultism in the church and according to reports, the policemen stormed the church without any search warrant and headed directly to the ceiling where the human skull was found.
Further investigation by the police on the case revealed that the suspects might have planted the evidence to implicate the church pastors.
However the suspects were apprehended and charged before a Surulere Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of human head.
The case had been adjourned to July 1, 2014 by the magistrate, Mrs. A.O Adedayo, following a statement signed by the deputy director, Adegboyega Bajulaiye, from the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP) which reads:
“After carefully considering the facts available in the duplicate case file, this office is of the view that there are sufficient facts to establish a prima facie case of conspiracy to commit felony to wit; offering violence to officiating ministers of religion, written threat to kill and publication of false news which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.
“Facts available in the duplicate case file reveal that prior to January 19, 2013, there was a malice that brewed up over the years between Apostle Albert Samson and Samson Adeneye, which culminated into unauthorized search on the premises of Albert by men of SARS, led by ASP Franklin Alade, on the trumped-up allegation of gunrunning. This act of the police officers, which was believed to have been instigated by Adeneye, amount to abuse of office.
“There is however a strong inference from the facts in the case file that Adeneye may have been instrumental to placing ritual objects, including human skulls, on the ceiling of Albert’s church because of his prior accusation of Albert being a ritualist. This will only amount to speculation and suspicion, which no matter how grave, cannot stand in the place of law, particularly in the absence of eyewitness account or unequivocal evidence of inference.”
However after a thorough investigation by the police, the DPP had disclosed that the suspects should be charged for conspiracy to commit felony, written threat to kill and publication of false news.
The DPP also ordered the release of four other suspects who were also arrested in connection with the case.