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Armed Robbers Attacked CAC Church In Lagos During Night Vigil; Pastor Picked Race

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Armed Robbers Attacked CAC Church In Lagos During Night Vigil; Pastor Picked Race

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March 21, 2014 –  Armed Robbers Attacked CAC Church Oke Alaafia In Alagbado Lagos During Night Vigil; Pastor Picked Race

At least 15 armed robbers attacked the CAC church in Alagbado area of Lagos Nigeria, stealing over 40 cellular phones and money estimated at 2 million naira.

According to the Metro, the dare devils who operated for about 20 minutes, reportedly attempted to rape some female church members before leaving the church premises.

The armed robbers came at about 2 am on Friday morning as over 450 church members were engrossed in a prayer service.

A member of the church, who craved anonymity, said some of the members had observed a strange man making phone calls while the vigil was on.

He said, “The vigil actually started around 12 midnight. Some of us observed a man who came in around 1.30am. He was seated in the women’s section. About four persons tried persuading him to change seat, including the pastor, but he refused. So they left him.

“I observed him going out several times to make phone calls. At about 2am, I overheard him saying, ‘start coming, they are praying’. Few minutes later, I heard a gunshot.”

The head usher of the church was said to have been shot at close range, when he tried closing the door against the robbers, who he originally thought were arriving late for the programme.

The bullet was said to have shattered the glass at the entrance, and landed on the pulpit.

When the gun men got in, the church members were said to have been ordered to lie face down, while they started ransacking them.

One of the church leaders said, “They positioned themselves at the church’s major entrances. They collected money, phones and recharge cards. They started shouting, ‘where is your pastor?’ They took the church offering and wanted to rape some of our women. In the 20 years of my being in the ministry, I have never seen such effrontery before.”

Our correspondent gathered that the robbers, however, did not know that there were two other exit doors in the church.

The pastor was said to have sneaked out through the exit and dodged behind a window, where he viewed everything going on.

It was learnt that the gang leader, who wore a mask, suddenly became angry and started arguing with a member of the gang over a phone that was snatched from one of the church members.

The source said, “It must have been God working at that point. During the argument, this young man suddenly pulled off his mask and started fighting the other robber. They had a heated argument over a phone they had just snatched without knowing that the pastor was looking at them.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the pastor of the church alerted the police who arrived at the scene just after the robbers left.

An elder in the church told our correspondent that the members of the church, however, held on to the stranger in the church who appeared to have been the robbers’ informant.

He said, “Apart from me, there were three other people who saw him. A particular member of the church even told us that he was the one who grabbed her phone while the robbers were stealing items. He wanted to follow the robbers when they were escaping, but we held him till the police arrived.”

He was handed over to the Ojokoro Police Division for interrogation. He was said to have aided the police in apprehending the other robbers.

Our correspondent gathered from residents of the area that the same gang of robbers had been terrorising the area for a long time.

A resident, who did not want his name mentioned for security purpose said, “After they left CAC that day, they robbed in about eight other streets – Baruwa, Tebun Fagbemi, Sunday Fadipe, Idowu Oya, Ayobola, Balogun, Alhaji SL and Taibat Banire Estate.”

Investigations by PUNCH Metro revealed that the gang leader, who led the church operation and angrily pulled off his mask, was the son of a traditional ruler.

Our correspondent gathered that the young man, identified simply as Ade, had been arrested, but there had been high-powered influences seeking his release from police custody.

The pastor of the church, who identified him, was said to be under pressure to withdraw his incriminating statement from the police.

The residents said they were apprehensive as the state command’s authorities had withdrawn the matter from the police team originally handling it at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the matter was being investigated at SARS.

Braide said, “The incident took place around 2am and some people were arrested around 4am. The matter is currently under investigation and the suspects, including the son of the traditional ruler, are in police custody.

“It will, however, be unreasonable for anyone to be apprehensive and insinuate things against the the command’s authorities in a case in which they have no interest. Justice is what we stand for and justice is what we are going to do in this matter.” 

Just last month some robbers attacked a popular church in Ibadan killing over 4 people.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Juliet Ogonna

    March 21, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Hope they didn’t kill the usher bcos d reporter forget to tell us what happened to the usher.
    Police people are so useless, why did dey arrive after the attack. I believe they will be hiding somewhere waiting 4 d robbers to leave

  2. mudachi

    March 21, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    too much! stealing at the church? may the living God forgive them

  3. zindy

    March 21, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    ok

  4. Ikegod

    March 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    Lookin down nd disrespetin God wil surely lead dem 2 dia ely grave dats my prayr

  5. red

    March 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    I kept reading this with hope that at the end i will see something like GOT YOU ! THAT WAS A SCRIPT FOR A MOVIE.In a church and ready to rape.haaa,My mind is still blank and short of words for now.Father please forgive them for this insult.

  6. Bose

    March 21, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    What an effontery, what has the world turn to, no more respect for God or things of God. End time is surely approaching. I hope the police will do the right thing irrespective of the status of the gang leader’s father. Where was he when the son called Ade turned out to be an armed robber, let justice prevail. I pray for the recovery of the head usher was shot at a close range. I had a similar experience in Nigeria couple of years back when armed robbers came into the building I was staying to raid us, they killed a young newly married woman with a three months old baby, the husband was seriously wounded .They came into our flat too, I was saved by the mercy of God that night and they went away with valuables, but nothing is more valuable than life. I thank God that I am still alive today to tell the testimony. Police also arrived after the attack, there was no mobile phone communication at that time, even if there was it would have been the same story. May God help our country Nigeria. No where is safe in Nigeria anymore, to attend church service during the day has become a problem, not to mention night vigil. Na wa o, our country needs divine intervention, let us all continue praying for Nigeria.

  7. Metu Nyetu

    March 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Why on earth do we Christians like keepn doors open thru/out night vigil services? I’v alwz been apprehensiv of dis. 4 Gawd’s sake we knw d times we’r born in2! It’s not lack of faith on our part if we observ certain safety measures. Dis loss could hav been mitig8d or beta still, totally avoided if all doors had been jammd shot & lockd d moment it wz, say 11pm.
    4da mor, we should start hence4th 2 consida burglary proof devices in our church designs. They’r hardly seen in our churches as if dis is US or UK.

    • Morr

      March 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      i honestly did not understand your comment! No one above the age of 15 should write like this!

    • Kemzo

      March 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Wat are u saying metu or wats ur name don’t u lock door, windows and burglaries in ur house an they stil find there way in except God wachtes u the gateman are doin notin, God in heaven will never 4give them 4 dat which they have done.

  8. abdullahi Musa sambo ribo

    March 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Hahahahaha so pastor pick race…kai na wa o

  9. chichi

    March 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Robbery, even in the house of God. The house of God is no longer save for Christians. if is not Boko Haram Attack, it is Armed robbers attack.May God keep protecting us from all evils.Amen.

  10. Bose

    March 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Metu what you said is true, I think we should begin to change our mentality as Christians most especially because we are in the end times where strange things are beginning to happen. May God deliver us from these evil people, the informant was even in the church going out to make calls to them, once they are determined to attack a place be it a church, residential or private, it is only God that can safe one. They would order you to open the fortified doors yourself, their informant inside the church may be armed. I think the security in Nigeria should be improved on, the money meant for security has been stolen by these so called people it the helms of affairs. How many times have you heard of armed robbers attacking these so called people in power, corruption has eaten deep into the system, these armed robbers are venting their anger on innocent citizens when they should organise among themselves on the strategies to use to deal with these people. May God help our country Nigeria, let us continue to pray for Nigeria.

  11. D Hunter

    March 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Metu u r absolutely right. Yes, i lk dat. Burglari proove on all entrances of our church. Anybdy who come behind schedule 4 any prgrm must remain outside as a punishment 4 bin late. Some pple can tk d tins of God 4 granted, coming late evrytym 2 church activities.

  12. abimbola

    March 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    @Metu; Good advice. I surport that. may God help our churches and the country as a whole.

  13. Blaze boy

    March 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    God will arrest them one by one and they will face the wrath of God

  14. ChizzyBozz

    March 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Pastor hid……..smh

  15. Metu Nyetu

    March 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I thank God 4d trio of Bose, D Hunter & Abimbola. @least I’v got ppl 2 whom my comments do not appear stupid.
    @ kenzo & morr, I 4bid myself 2 start trading wordz wit u 4 discourteously insinu8n how dumb I am. I did dat wen I wz still clammy & unbrushed. But nt anymore.
    If u’d permit me2 educ8 u a bit, one reason y we put burglary devices in buildings is2delay access by unwanted persons. Hav u eva taken a break frm ur know-it-all poise 2 ask wat could hav hapnd if d criminals had found it dfklt 2 enta d building? Maybe d congregation would hav had time2contact d police? Maybe dat usher wdnt hav been shot? Maybe d extent of loss&damage would hav been reduced? But hell no! U’d neva waste ur precious thoughts dis way!
    I dnt hav2b above-15 to hav common sense.
    God givs ultim8 security, yes, but dat shdnt, &dznt make us irresponsibl beings. It’s no crime dat my take on dis question runs divergent wit yours. So I plead wit u 2b reasonabl.

  16. One naija

    March 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Seriously, evn though God is d ultimate protector, let’s also protect ourselves evn in d church. If u don’t leave ur doors open, why leave d church doors open? It does not show lack of faith but common sense. The days are extremely evil.

  17. Benjamin

    September 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Those armed robbers will definitely see the wrath of God.

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