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Gunmen rob Worshippers, Made Away with 'Millions Of Naira Churches’ Offerings'

Churches in Akure, the Ondo State capital, cries out Saturday as armed hoodlums invaded some residential churches, robbed members of their valuables.

The Punch reports that the men were also reported to have carted away the churches’ offerings, estimated at millions of naira.
Gunmen rob Worshippers, Made Away with 'Millions Of Naira Churches’ Offerings'
Gunmen rob Worshippers, Made Away with 'Millions Of Naira Churches’ Offerings'
The churches affected, according to a source, were located along Ondo Road and  the Fanibi area of Akure.
The robbers reportedly spent several hours carrying out the operation without any interruption.

It was gathered that while the robbery was ongoing, some church members managed to call the control room of the Ondo State Police Command, but there was no response from the command.

The hoodlums were said to have carried out the act between 2am and 4am.

One of the victims of the robbery, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said four members of the gang attacked them in their church and stole all they had, including the church’s offerings.

She said, “After finishing our vigil at about 3am on Saturday, all of us were going home when some armed men met us on the road. They told us they were members of a vigilance group in the area and they asked us to go back to the church.

“They followed us to the church. On entering the church with us, they locked the door from inside. One of them brought out a pistol and asked us to lie down and face the ground. They collected everything on us, including our phones and money.

“As we lay face down, we heard them sharing the money they had stolen from other churches they had earlier robbed. From their conversation, we discovered that they must have attacked no fewer than four churches before ours.”

The victim added that the robbers fled through the windows when they learnt that policemen were on the way.

She noted that the robbers removed the SIM cards from victims’ phones and dropped them on the chairs of the church before taking to their heels.

Although, no arrest had been made by the police. It was gathered that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrived in the area about 15 minutes after the bandits left.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, adding that the command had commenced investigation.

“We have taken action. We have deployed our surveillance team in that area and very soon, we will arrest the hoodlums,” Joseph said.

-The Punch


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