Nigerians nabbed for handing out Bibles
> Foreigners gave religious materials to secondary school students
GEORGE TOWN: Five Nigerian nationals, including three women, were arrested by police for allegedly distributing religious materials by the road side at Lebuh Carnavon on Wednesday.
Timur Laut district police chief ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang said the foreign nationals, aged between 25 and 30, were arrested at about 2.30pm while distributing religious materials titled “Rhapsody of Realities”.
“We received information on a group of foreigners distributing pamphlets and magazines, purportedly to spread Christianity, at several locations in George Town and Lebuh Carnavon.
“Prior to that, we received a report from the central police station on a similar incident and following investigations, found the five foreign nationals were also involved,” he told reporters here.
He said the suspects, who did not possess valid travel documents, came to Penang with seven others last Tuesday and police are looking for the seven individuals to facilitate investigations.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said they received three reports on alleged distribution of Bibles to students in front of a secondary school in Bukit Mertajam, an incident that went viral on social media.
He said one of the reports was lodged by the father of a student at the school, while the other two were by representatives from two nongovernmental organisations.
“It was found that the incident took place on Nov 2 between 12.10pm and 12.30pm, where two men distributed the books (Bibles) at the front exit while another at the rear gate of the school.
“It is learnt that about 200 of the New Testament (Psalms Proverbs) were distributed to Malay, Chinese and Indian students at the school.”
He said police would visit the school today to conduct investigations. – Bernama