The life of a Bishop, his priests and that of members of his congregation are under threat, an Anambra State based church leader has alleged.
Following attack by hoodlums in one of the churches in his diocese, the Anglican Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, Anambra State, Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke, on Wednesday said there were shootings Tuesday night at Cathedral Church of St Michaels, Umuikwu Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area, Anambra State by the hoodlums who stormed the area to pull down the ongoing Cathedral building of the Diocese of Mbamili.
The bishop said he had sent a Save Our Soul message to the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed Abubakar and other law enforcement agents.
Addressing newsmen at Cathedral Church of St Michael, Umuikwu Anam, Okeke expressed worry over the hoodlums’actions, who he said were acting in ignorance.
He said the church had over the years allowed the community to use its field for football training and other activities, wondering why efforts to extend its developmental projects were being resisted.
He said: “Our problem with the miscreants who are also from Umuikwu Anam started in 2018 when we wanted to build fence of the Cathedral and commenced the construction of the Cathedral building, the miscreants pulled it down twice and prevented us from fencing the Cathedral.
“This is mind-boggling. The land belongs to the church,well gazetted with complete documents.We do not understand why these miscreants are preventing us from carrying out our projects?”
“The compound housing the Cathedral, also houses Crowther Memorial Collage, Tabitha House, Women Skill Acquisition Center, School and other buildings,including the priests of the Church”.
The cleric, who said some youths in the area had vowed not to allow any Anglican Church in Umuikwu,Anam, alleged that they had been disrupting all the Cathedral activities.
“On 22 to 25 December 2019, they destroyed many church activities,including a crusade by putting off our lights saying that their Masquerade was coming out and we did not disturb them”.
“About 10 pm yesterday, we started hearing gun shots resulting from their sporadic shooting while pulling down the ongoing Cathedral building. They were threatening and shouting on top of their voices that anybody,including the Bishop that comes out, will be shot dead.
“They have done so many things to threaten lives here but God had been keeping us”,the bishop added.
According to Okeke, the church had met with the former Commissioner of Police for hours over similar destructive activities of the miscreants, adding that it had also written to the Governor and the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 9,Umuahia.
“We do not want to take laws into our hands or resort to self help, in fact the youths of our church are a set I have never met anywhere because of their obedience to the rule of law, if it is in other places, you would have been hearing something else”,he stressed.
Reacting, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Ben Onyeka said the portion of the land given to the church by the community was not in contention, regretting that the activities of the youths was tarnishing the image of the community.The Street Reporters Newspaper is your BREAKING NEWS platform. Do you have Breaking news or Opinion article for us? | *Call: +234 817 504 7979 | Or Email Us: email@example.com | Follow Us on Twitter https://twitter.com/streetreporters | Join Our Fans on Facebook: https://facebook.com/streetreporters.ng | Follow us on Instagram https://intagram.com/streetreporters | Advertise With Us: +2348035823617 | Visit Our Website: www.StreetReporters.ng