A 35-year-old Pastor, Izuchukwu Anoloba has been arrested alongside others for kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fidelis Ekemgba.
The suspects held Ekemgba for over seven days and reportedly forced him to pay a N5m ransom to them.
Imo state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini who paraded the suspects, described them as a deadly gang. Hussaini said the 45-year-old Catholic Priest in charge of St. Peters Catholic parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state, was double-crossed and whisked away by his abductors.
He added that they were arrested in Lagos following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command. The police chief further stated that they would continue to make the state uncomfortable for criminals.
The Pastor who spoke to newsmen, revealed that he got N1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.
“I am a pastor with Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got N1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest. I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family.”