Three suspects allegedly behind the explosion at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt, have been arrested by the police.
Naija News had reported earlier that the hoodlums, numbering about five, attacked the church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, setting off an explosion on Saturday night.
Though no group had claimed responsibility for the dastardly act, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.
It was gathered that three of the hoodlums were arrested after men of a local security outfit in the area noticed strange movements and swooped in on them.
Speaking on the arrest, the Assistant Chief Security Officer of the Azikiwe Street Security, Collins Johnbull, said one of his men was hit by a bullet in the process of chasing the suspects and currently receiving treatment in the hospital.
He said, “On Saturday, 28th day of November 2020, while I was on my duty post, we observed some movements around 8 pm to 9 pm and we were on the alert, before then we saw some strange faces, about five of them, that entered into the governor’s father’s church and we thought they were church members having their normal evening programme, but we were suspicious of them because of the way they were moving.
“About five minutes after the boys entered the church, there was an explosion, we heard a banging noise like that of a bomb from the church and we immediately approached the church and saw them (the suspects) jumping out of the church wearing masks and carrying guns and started shooting at my men.
“By God’s grace, we were able to apprehend three of the criminals that attacked the church, while two escaped. We did everything in our power to apprehend the hoodlums, as we are talking now, one of my men who was hit by a bullet is receiving treatment.”
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