Police Arrest Three Masqueraders For Attacking Church
The Anambra Police Command says it has arrested three masqueraders for allegedly disrupting a church programme on Friday night at Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkeiruka Nwode, told journalists on Saturday in Awka that the suspects attacked worshipers at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke.
“Three masqueraders have been arrested in connection with the church attack. We have commenced investigation into the cause of the incident and would notify you when concluded,” Nwode said.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the masqueraders were celebrating a festival known as “Uzo Iyi” festival.
Mr Nwode, however, denied that the masqueraders attacked the police officers from Special Anti Robbery Squad, who responded to calls on the breach of peace.
NAN further gathered that about 10 masqueraders invaded the church, assaulted the worshipers and attempted to whisk away the spiritual director of the centre, Emmanuel Obinna, but for the quick response of the police.
A witness said the leadership of the church called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police to help their internal security to protect worshipers.
“On arrival, the operatives arrested three masqueraders, who were involved in the attack, but their colleagues attempted to stop them from taking the arrested masqueraders away, prompting SARS operatives to shoot sporadically into the air before taking them away,” the source said
The Personal Assistant to the spiritual director of the centre, Francis Okoye, told journalists that a Catholic priest, Henry Nnajiofor, a seminarian and 28 others were injured during the attack on the worshipers.
“The normal masquerade activities in Uke, to the best of my knowledge, ends by 6 p.m. but as at 8 p.m. on Friday, the masqueraders were still parading at the entrance route of Uke Adoration ground, extorting money from our members and robbing others in the guise of masquerade festival.
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