Gunmen have invaded a branch of one of the new generation churches in Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State and whisked away a private security guard attached to the church.
The gunmen no fewer than four were said to have stormed the church after the day’s service with the intention to seize the offering of the day. Their efforts to get hold on the offering were futile as they were said to have ransacked every nook and cranny of the church.
Apparently infuriated by the futile search, the gunmen approached the security guard whom they had earlier bounded at the church’s gatehouse and hauled him into their vehicle before zooming off to unknown destination. The incident overwhelmed the congregation who were anxiously looking for clue as to the whereabouts of the abducted security man. Investigation revealed that the latest invasion was not the first in the same church, as it had earlier been attacked three years ago.
In the previous attack, Daily Sun learnt, the gun wielding men succeeded in seizing the offering and made away it unchallenged. Drawing experience from that attack, leaders of the church were said to have devised other measures of safeguarding the church’s offering to put paid to the evil machinations of the men of the underworld.
A source in the church decried the constant invasion of ‘God’s temple’ by hoodlums, describing it as ‘an abominable act’, which would attract severe wrath from the God. “What are they looking for in a church, we don’t have money. People are so daring these days to the extent of desecrating the house of God.”
The source appealed to the gunmen to “please, for the sake of God, free the security man,” and called on the suspects to repent, saying there was “no gain in crime. They should embrace God to have peace.” Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, ASP Famous Ajieh confirmed the invasion by gunmen and added that efforts were in top gear to arrest the fleeing bandits and free the security guard.
In May last year, yet-to-be identified gunmen also invaded a Catholic Church in Ilah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state where they reportedly removed sacred items including monstrance, missal and chasuble, among others. The affected church was locked up for several weeks following the desecration and was re-opened for spiritual activities after it was re-dedicated by the bishop in the area.