Pas­tor de­nies at­tack on church

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

Pas­tor of a branch of the Evan­gel­i­cal Church of West Africa (ECWA ) in Ak­wanga, Nasarawa State, Rev­erend Dashiko Yakubu, said his church was safe dur­ing the Good Fri­day ser­vice.

The state­ment was in view of re­ports that a man, who claimed to be a serv­ing po­lice­man, al­legedly en­tered the church with ob­jects be­lieved to be ex­plo­sives dur­ing the ser­vice.

“Noth­ing hap­pened in my church; it is just spec­u­la­tion,” he said.

Daily Trust found out that the name of the sus­pect, who was ar­rested and de­tained by the po­lice in Lafia, is Jonathan Gyanet. The state po­lice spokesman, ASP Umaru Is­maila said the sus­pect is a dis­missed po­lice­man.

Jonathan Gyanet, who claimed to be a serv­ing po­lice man, took a bag of ob­jects sus­pected to be ex­plo­sives into the church dur­ing the Good Fri­day ser­vice. Wit­nesses said he was over­pow­ered and ar­rested by the con­gre­ga­tion.

Ak­wanga Po­lice Di­vi­sional Of­fi­cer (DPO), Mr. Jib­rin Gani, con­firmed the ar­rest of a sus­pect at the church dur­ing the Good Fri­day ser­vice, but in­sisted he had no author­ity to give de­tails on the mat­ter. This is just as the As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP) in charge of Ak­wanga Area Com­mand, Mr. Ajoola Alaja, told Daily Trust that he did not have the per­mis­sion of the com­mis­sioner of po­lice to speak to the me­dia on the mat­ter.

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