AN eight-man robbery gang, including a lady, Sunday invaded a Redeemed Christian Church of God, The Hope Centre, Amuwo Odofin, in the Mile 2 area of Lagos State.
The gun-wielding robbers, who came to the church at about 8.25a.m. in motorcycles, succeeded in robbing the early morning worshippers of money, telephone sets and jewelries.
A source told newsmen: “They came in as if for early morning worship. But as soon as they gained entrance into the church they ordered all the worshippers to lie face down and hand in their money, phones and jewelries.”
Contacted, the Lagos police spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident.
Mba said that as soon as they arrived, a distress call came to the Festac Town Police Station, which sent its men, led by the DPO, ASP Usman, to the church immediately, stressing that the suspected robbers unfortunately left before the police got there.
He said: “Our men recovered some items belonging to the suspects, which fell off from them. The items will help the police to trail them.
“They collected about 30 handsets and various sums of money from worshippers they met in the church. We use this medium to advise religious groups, particularly the church, to beware of fake members.”
“Churches should be security conscious. We have received many complaints of church members losing vehicles during church services from the car parks. Security personnel of the church should watch members closely.”
The police spokesman solicits more support for the command by giving information, noting that the issue of security was for everybody.