Police Nab Religious Leaders Over Killing of Security Operatives
A 60-years-old man who is also a pastor, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka ‘Alewa’, has been arrested for providing training ground for suspected killers of police personnel.
Mr Egole a pastor with the Holy Blessed Trinity Sabbath Church, Orlu, Imo State , and another cleric Michael Uba, a prophet with the Association of Jewish Faith, were accused for masterminding various attacks on security personnel, in addition to providing spiritual cover for the gang.
The Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba stated this today Sunday on his chat page with journalists.
The Police Spokesperson said the suspects were also implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern part of the Federation.
According to the Police Headquarters, the suspects were picked up with the collaborative efforts of operatives of the Nigeria Police and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce.
The force spokesperson reiterated that Police investigations clearly established and linked the suspects to several incidents of attacks and murder of security personnel as well as stealing, unlawful possession of firearms, arson and malicious damage to operational assets of military and law enforcement agents.
He said further that the suspects have confessed to the crime.
Cp Frank Mba said further that Egole also donated his late brother’s farmland for use as a hideout and training camp for the gang.
Items recovered from the suspects includes a total of nine AK47 rifles, five other sophisticated firearms, 17 AK47 Magazines, 549 AK47 live ammunitions, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, camouflage bullet proof vests, Walkie Talkies and other incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu said the Force is closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding and abetting the criminals.
The highest police authority reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.