KanyiDaily had reported how police arrested Uche Nwosu during the outing service of his mother’s burial at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, December 26.
Narrating his experience to reporters in Abuja, Nwosu said his arrest in the church was like “war” because the security agents who came for him were firing gunshots inside the place of worship.
Nwosu, a former governorship candidate of Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, said everyone took to their heels when the security men stormed the church, adding that it was a miracle that a stray bullet did not hit the clerics.
Nwosu further said the invasion of the Church and his subsequent harassment was uncalled for as there was no prior invitation by the Police or any other security Agency.
He said, “While the Service was still going on, some heavily armed security men invaded the Church from different doors, while some went straight to the alter, others were walking from one line of pew to the other.
“When they spotted me, they opened fire and started shooting inside the Church, some of them walked up to me and said I should get up and follow them or they will blow off my head.
“I demanded to know who they were and where they are taking me, they started dragging me, all this while they were still shooting and everyone in the Church was scampering for safety.
“It was like a war, they kept shooting inside the Church and everybody was running in different directions. it was just an act of God that stray bullet didn’t hit any of the the clergymen because they were firing straight at the alter where most of them were seated.
“After they dragged me from the Church into the car, they drove off, when we got to Owerri, three of the cars drove into the Government House and they drove me in one of the cars to Enugu”.
“On the way, they stopped after one of them answered phone call and said Shafa, who is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the governor asked them to get my pictures, they tore my clothes and took my pictures with handcuff and sent to the CSO.
“After that they drove me straight to Enugu Airport, where a chartered private jet was waiting and they flew me straight to Abuja.
“It was at Abuja that it was discovered that the Police hierarchy was not aware of the operation. It was purely planned and hatched at the Imo Government House.
“I was not invited by the Police or any other security Agency before my abduction at the Church”.
Nwosu praised church leaders, members and youths in Imo for remaining calm. He urged them not to take laws into their hands. He hopes that those responsible will be brought to book.
Meanwhile, Imo State Government has apologized to the Anglican church over the invasion and arrest of Uche Nwosu by the police during the Sunday service.