Uche Nwosu: Anglican Church condemns church invasion

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The arrest of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law to former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha during last Sunday service has been condemned by the Anglican Church in Nigeria.

The Nigeria police had on December 26 invaded the St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.

The masked police officers fired gunshots in the air and reportedly assaulted Mr Nwosu, his wife, and others before his arrest.

He was released some hours after without the police informing him why he was arrested, his media aide said on Monday.

In a statement issued by the Archbishop of the Owerri Province, David Onuoha, he described the day as “a black Sunday.”

Onuoha said the officiating priest had barely concluded the celebration and administration of the Holy Eucharist, ready for the end of year thanksgiving, when armed police invaded the church.

He said what happened was unprecedented in the more than 160 year’s history of the church in Imo State.

“We are gravely worried and disturbed that worshippers were greatly frightened, worried, confused and completely disorganized by the presence of heavily armed security operatives in the church service thereby disrupting the worship of God’s people.

“That the police jumped inside the church in a gestapo style when the service was in full session is reprehensible, primitive, and highly condemnable,” he said.

The archbishop warned that the police action could worsen the security challenges in the state.

“The Church will in the next few days engage the Nigerian Police in a dialogue to truly understand the reasons behind this dastardly act and how to avoid a repeat occurrence.

“While this process is on, we urge all Christians to continue in prayers for God’s mercy on all of us and peace in our land,” he added.

Nwosu is a former governorship candidate in the 2019 election in Imo State.

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