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Government provide reasons why Soldiers arrested Church leaders

Imo state government has finally lifted the lids on the arrest of some church leaders following a Military invasion of Orlu community by the Nigerian Army operatives.

In a statement on Sunday, February 21, CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Imo state Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Cyprain Akaolisa, said that some religious leaders of Cherubim and Seraphim and Sabbath Missions were apprehended for helping the proscribed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Akaolisa further explained that the members of the Nnamdi Kanu-led group were perpetrating crimes in Orlu using the white garment churches as cover up for their nefarious activities.

Akaolisa, who also serve as the Attorney General of Imo state, said that Military forces arrested over 30 clerics who were involved one way or the other with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security group created by Kanu.

He said, “If you investigate the activities of some of these churches, you will understand that over time, hoodlums establish and use such churches as front for their nefarious activities.”

“We have records that armed robbers have been hanging out as pastors; in the night they will go for their operations but in the day they wear their garments and use such white garment churches.”

Meanwhile, It was learnt that a church called our Lord’s Sabbath Mission, Umunam Atta in Njaba LGA, a superintending priest, whose community leaders had vouched for his exemplary conduct, was arrested alongside his adolescent daughter and 3 other Pastors attached to the Church.

Also, at the House of Prayer International Covenant Church, some Painters were among the 10 persons whisked away by Soldiers who stormed the church around 6am on Saturday.

Akaolisa said that they will be handed over to the Police shortly and that investigation will follow up immediately.

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