A 51-year-old Nigerian Pastor identified as Rev. Ignatius Ogboi, has been arrested and paraded by the Delta State Police Command.
According to NewsTelegraph, 3,871 live cartridge, a loaded English made double barrel gun, prohibited drugs and over N4 million, believed to be ransom collected from kidnapped and armed robbery victims from him, was recovered from the suspected notorious kidnapper’s bedroom, who is also a Pastor of Salvation Army Church.
Speaking to newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa said Ogboi was doing an illegal business of the highest degree of suspicion, and suspected that drugs in his possession were being used on his victims.
The commissioner said Ogboi’s arrest followed discreet information the command received, through intelligence gathering that a businessman and pastor was dealing on illegal goods in the locality.
“Operatives of the state Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Asaba, led by the officer in charge, stormed his 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 undisclosed amount of money believed to be ransom collected from victims” the Police Commissioner said.
However on his own part, the Nigerian Pastor who admitted to owning the recovered materials, said he only helped the vigilantes in his community to procure the recovered items found in his possession, after they complained that they were buying them at exorbitant rates elsewhere. He further denied the allegation of being involved in suspected cases of kidnapping and being in possession of illegal firearm and prohibited drugs, including Tramadol.
“I am still an ordained minister of God in Christ Army Church, Umunede. The bulk of the money being paraded is very small compared to what I usually have with me, if my business was still booming. I am not a kidnapper as being speculated” he said.
The suspect, however, maintained that he bought the drugs for his sick wife while the cartridges were being sold in bits to end users.