According to a SUNDAY PUNCH report, popular Lagos pastor, Dr. Sign Fireman has been granted unconditional bail by the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, Lagos State on Saturday.
Fireman, who was arrested on Tuesday for conspiracy and murder, was said to have been released at about 6pm yesterday on “orders from above”.
Fireman, real names Ofuche Ukoha, was arrested last Tuesday after an 18-year-old suspect, Friday Ikechukwu Egbo, fingered him in the murder of a 12-year old virgin girl, Bose Ogoja in the Badagry area of the state.
The suspect claimed to have been promised N100, 000 by Fireman to get him the faeces of a virgin for suspected ritual purposes. The popular pastor denied the allegation, saying he had never met the suspect before and described the ordeal as a calculated attempt to tarnish his image.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, however, denied knowledge of the purported release of Fireman saying, “I am not aware of such release but I will get in touch with the officer in charge of homicide department to know the situation of things”.
An officer at the SCID, however, confirmed the release. He added that he did not know why Fireman was released; “I do not know why he was released. We just got a directive from above that he should be released on bail”.