A self-proclaim pastor who identified himself as Izuchukwu Anoloba has been apprehended by men of the Nigerian Police Force over alleged involvement in a kidnapping operation.
Naija News understands that the 35-year-old man was arrested alongside others by a team of police officers for allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fidelis Ekemgba in Imo State.
Acknowledging his involvement in the punishable act, Anoloba who was paraded at the state command headquarters on Thursday said that he got ₦1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.
“I am a pastor with Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got ₦1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest. I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family,” Anoloba confessed.
Parading the suspects and others, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, said the self-proclaimed clergyman had held the catholic priest for over seven days and made him to pay a ransom of ₦5 million to them.
The CP disclosed that Anoloba was apprehended in Lagos following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command.
He disclosed that the priest, 45, in charge of St. Peters Catholic parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state, was double-crossed and whisked away by his abductors.
Commending his men for a job well-done, CP Hussaini reiterates his determination to make life unbearable for criminals in the state.
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