A pastor in a pentecostal church in Benue State has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for illegal possession of firearms.
It was gathered that the pastor was arrested on Tuesday, in Katsina Ala, headquarters of Katsina Ala Local Government Area of the state, with a gun in the church premises by men of the SARS, after he had allegedly attempted to kill the accountant of the church, (names withheld), over his refusal to realease an undisclosed amount of money to carry out a church project.
Another version, however, hinted that the refusal of the accountant was as a result of his ignorance of the project the pastor wanted to use the money for, since the church council was not aware of it. The head of SARS in the area, Mr Godwin Utenge, disclosed that the accountant had, during the incident, shouted loudly for help, which attracted the attention of another church official, who alerted the police.
The accountant was said to have sustained major injury on the face and other part of his body and was rushed to a private hospital in Katsina-Ala, where he is now receiving medical treatment.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Daniel Ezeala, confirmed the incident and said “the arrested pastor was brought to the state command and that he was to be charged to court for illegal possession of firearms, adding that investigation was in progress.