(From Nweke Nweke, Onitsha)
This is certainly not the best of time for the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion as one of their priests is cooling his feet at the prison following his alleged involvement in series of kidnapping and gun running in Anambra state.
The priest….was arraigned yesterday at the Chief Magistrate Court, Ekwulobia, Aguata council area for allegedly leading a dangerous kidnapping and armed robbery gang to terrorize the state.
Police Prosecution counsel…..told the court how the priest was arrested by operatives of the State Anti Robbery Squad, SARS led by the Commander, CSP James Nwafor following confessional statements from some of his gang members earlier arrested by the police.
The suspect who was charged with kidnapping and other criminal charge in Suit No…..however pleaded not guilty before the Chief Magistrate and was later remanded in the prison custody.
It was gathered that the Anglican priest is standing trial for allegedly being the leader of the kidnap gang and the person who allegedly ferry their arms to wherever the gang wanted to kidnap their victims to evade police arrest.
A police source who pleaded anonymity said “each time the gang wanted to kidnap their victims, the Rev gentleman would wear his sultan and hang other clothes that identifies him as a priest and conceal these dangerous arms and go and deliver it wherever the rest members of the gang will pick it for operation”
“He used this method to deliver these arms at various locations from where the gang members used it to rob and kidnap many people and each time he drove pass any police check-point, he was never suspected because he was seen as a priest of God without knowing that he was a mobile armory for kidnappers and armed robbers”