By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State Police Command, yesterday, paraded a 51-year-old pastor, who was allegedly arrested with 3,871 live cartridges, some prohibited drugs and undisclosed amount of money.
The pastor, identified as Ignatius Ogboi of Mbiri, Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state, was alleged to have hidden the items in his bedroom.
However, the pastor said he is not a kidnapper as being speculated, adding that he bought the drugs for his sick wife.
Disclosing that the pastor was arrested by the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, SAKCCS, following a tip-off, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, alleged that the pastor specialised in sponsoring kidnapping and robbery operations within Agbor, Umunede and its environs.
Mustafa, who also paraded suspected cult members, murderers and robbers in Asaba along with the pastor, said: “Operatives of State Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Asaba, stormed his (pastor) residence with duly signed search warrant, arrested him and recovered a loaded English-made double-barrelled gun, 3,871 live cartridges, some prohibited drugs and some amount of money believed to be ransom collected from victims.”
He alleged that the pastor was doing an illegal business and suspected that the drugs in his possession were being used on his victims.
The pastor’s story
The pastor, who admitted that the exhibits were his, said he was neither a criminal nor possesses illegal firearms and ammunition.
He said: “I have agreed to all these things before me. But to God be the glory, I am not a kidnapper. I helped vigilante group in my area to buy them cheap. So the day I brought them into the community, I was arrested.
“I am not the manufacturer of the cartridges. I am still an ordained minister of God in CAC, Umunede.
“The money paraded is very small compared to what I usually have with me, if my business was booming.
“I am not a kidnapper as being speculated,” adding that he bought the drugs for his sick wife.