For Nwode Obinna who claimed he hails from Onunworie, Ezza, in  Ebonyi State and presently lived with his people at No 6, Anyanwu close,  Ugbo-ezeji, Abakpa in Enugu state,he knew that his action of going to rob a Reverend Father inside the parish premises will attract the full  wrath of the law against him apart from the inherent spiritual condemnation such dastardly act will incur.

The self acclaimed Carpenter who is in his early twenties is also known by  some of the parishioners and the the Priest of Immaculate Conception  Parish, Green Land Parish, Ugbo-ezeji  Abakpa.

Narrating his involvement,Nwode stated that he is a  parishioner with the church and that on Sunday,3rd November, during  mass, an announcement was made in the course of the church service  stating that a parish council meeting will be held with a view of  raising funds for church activities. 

His words: “I knew that notable dignitaries with enviable  financial pedigree will grace the meeting and on that,a lot of financial proceeds will be recorded in the course of the meeting.Bearing this in  mind,i invited my associates identified as Echezona  Goodluck Igwenagu of Umudioka in Awka-South local government area of  Anambra state but presently living at Indian quarters block,Railway  Enugu whom i knew when we all worked with a construction company at  now Enugu shoprite and one Onyeka Nnaji of Osuene,Amangunze in  Nkanu-East local government area of Enugu state but living close to  Nwode at  No 37 Agbarike, Ugbo Paul, Abakpa Nike who also is a mason and briefed  them about the intended robbery and how it could be carried  out.

“Onyeka Nnaji provided the two  locally made guns, cut to size and a double mouth locally made pistol  for the robbery which took place on 4th November at about 10.05 pm where we  invaded the residence of the priest identified as Rev.Fr.Dan Nwafor Ani  who was resting on his bed when we struck with our guns and tied the priest’s mouth and hand with the priest’s shirt and carted  away with the box containing the proceeds realized from the meeting  amounting to hundreds of thousands of Naira”.

Following this,information  got to the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, who quickly  mobilized operatives of the distress call base of the command.

The  operatives trailed the hoodlums who tried to resist the attempt of the  operatives by firing at the operatives who made sure that the hoodlums  submit to their superior fire power thereby arresting them and  recovering the money looted as well as their arms.

One of the suspect’s  Echezona is begging for forgiveness pointing out that it was bad company that led him into the mess while he also advised that youth should shun crime and criminality.

To Onyeka Nnaji,it was not his intention to commit the crime but frustrations and however pleaded that the priest should  beg God to forgive him.The priest in his reaction thanked God for not  allowing the boys to shoot him and also thanked the Police in their  prompt intervention and trail which led to their arrests and  recoveries.Meanwhile,a full scale investigations have commenced into the alleged incident.