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Benue: Armed Robbers Plead For Forgiveness During Robbery




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Wonder shall never end they say, the Parish Priest of St. Augustine Parish, Demekpe, in Makurdi, Rev Fr Solomon Ukeyima, on Monday narrates how one of the armed robbers that invaded the parish pleaded for forgiveness while carrying out the illegal act.

Ukeyima during an interview with NAN said, “The robbers were calm throughout the operation. They kept begging for forgiveness. They did that throughout the period of the robbery.”

“I love the confidence and the calmness in them. One of them, for anything he picked, he would say forgive us, Father,” he added.

The cleric further stated that the robbers invaded the residence around 2 a.m. on Monday and carted away several valuables.

“The robbers demanded N5 million dollars from me, but I told them that I don’t have that kind of money.”

“I told them what I had and gave that to them,” he said.

He added that the robbers were well coordinated during the robbery which lasted for less than an hour, he noted that they spoke good English.

According to him, they made away with proceeds of thanksgiving by four families, offertory, phones, selected footwear, sound system, and some drinks, amongst others.

He prayed that the robbers will change their ways, he added that he has forgiven them.

“I have forgiven them and I ask others to also pray for them. They are young people. There was one of them speaking impeccable English.”

“Let them make a complete u-turn and put to good use the talent that they have,” the priest said

The incident was confirmed by the Benue State police command.

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“The incident has been reported to us and we have begun an investigation,” DSP Catherine Anene, the command spokesperson.