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Police Gives Update On ‘Terrorist’ Caught In Abuja Catholic Church

 

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The police command in FCT Abuja has given an update on the arrest of a middle-aged man suspected to be a terrorist after he invaded the Arch-Rapheal Catholic Church.

The suspect  on Sunday, 3 July 2022 who was in a turban and a police branded cap and faded military uniform suddenly drove into the church in a white Peugeot 406 car, claiming he was looking for his friend.

Terrified worshippers raised an alarm which led to his arrest.

Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command Josephine Adeh, in a reaction sent to The ICIR, said the incident is being investigated.

She also added that there was no cause for alarm, assuring the situation is under control.

Parts of the statement released by the FCT police spokesperson said, “A middle-aged man was accosted by some of the worshipers after the mass while the Men’s Fellowship was holding a meeting.

“The main object of suspicion was his dressing and the manner in which he drove in.

“Preliminary investigation, however, shows he had just returned to the country and had come into the barracks to seek an old friend whose address he cannot clearly remember.

The church was not attacked; no arm or prohibited item was recovered in his possession except for a face cap customised “Police “, which is neither an approved kit nor an accoutrement in the Police dress order. He was also wearing a faded suspected US Army Fashion type camouflage trouser.’

The scare is due to the series of attacks on Catholic churches and its priests.

A month ago, some terrorists had attacked St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo where no fewer than 40 worshippers were killed.

Soon after, some gunmen also attacked St. Moses Catholic Church in Kaduna State.

Many Catholic Church priests have also been kidnapped with some killed while some including two kidnapped priests in Edo State are still in their abductors’ den.

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