The suspects had walked into the church, holding a bottle of alcohol and a lit cigarette in his mouth thereby disrupting the service.
Following an incident that happened last New Year’s eve (31 December, 2015.) in Igueben Local Government in Edo state, 5 men are in police custody for attacking a pentecostal church during its crossover service.
According to Punch, one of the suspects had walked into the church, holding a bottle of alcohol and a lit cigarette in his mouth thereby disrupting the service.
The suspect was however thrown out of the church premises after he refused leaving because of the inappropriate appearance and object found on him.
It was further gathered the suspect left to reinforce four other youths who stormed the church and ordered the presiding pastor out of the podium.
The police was later called by one of the church member who reportedly fled the church premises during the pandemonium.
Confirming the incident by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Osifo Abiodun
“They attacked a church at Ebelle during the crossover night, destroyed church property and injured members of the church. One of them was arrested by members of the church and handed over to the police.
“While others were trying to escape from the scene, the police intercepted them and they have all made statements in connection with the case. As we speak, some members of the church are receiving treatment in the hospital,” says Abiodun.
The five suspects identified as Ehis Ayoyo, 20; Odion Orukpe, 23; Godday Otoide, 30; Itama Lucky, 20 and Emma Adodo, 28. Are presently in police custody and will be charged to court after investigations.
“As soon as we are through with investigations, they will be charged to court. The era of impunity is over. You are aware that the command has zero tolerance for cultism.
“We will not spare them (cultists); this is a new year. We want to advise other cult members to denounce their membership of the various secret cults. That is the best way to go in this new year.” Abiodun added