A pastor in Maiduguri has been arrested for possession of 124 bags of Indian hemp at the premises of a Celestial Church of Christ.
Moses Edon was arrested by the The Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order in the state. It was gathered that due to the insecurity caused by the Boko Haram sect, the church has been abandoned since last year
According to the JTF spokesman, “Based on information and intelligence, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order at about 9.30am on July 10, 2013 raided the premises of a Celestial Church of Christ at House of Assembly Quarters, Pompomari area of Maiduguri metropolis."
“The raid led to the discovery and seizure of 124 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp packed in three rooms at the premises of the church.
“The suspect who is a pastor of the church, one Moses Edon, admitted knowledge of the content of the bags and confessed that the Indian hemp was brought to his church from Ondo State for safe keeping by a member of the church, one Mr Segun Oni.”
Evidently, the church which hasn't been active for some time now, has been used as a place for Indian hemp business where some unidentified “partners in business” distribute the product to their customers in Maiduguri and its environs.