Nigeria Police Detain Pastor Who Stormed Pulpit With AK-47, Church Apologises

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the presiding pastor, House on the Rock, Abuja Chapter, Uche Aigbe, for wielding an AK47 rifle while addressing the congregation.

The command also confirmed the arrest of the church’s Chief Security Officer and Inspector Musa Audu, for releasing his gun to Aigbe.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.

Adeh said, “The FCT Police Command on the heels of intelligence arrested one pastor, Uche Aigbe, of House on the Rock cathedral, Abuja, and two others.

Punch gathered that Aigbe caused a stir when he mounted the pulpit with an AK47 rifle and addressed the congregation saying that he was ready for the people looking for his trouble.

“Today, there are some pastors with the gift of divination, who go about ripping people. This is why we should carry our guns and defend ourselves. I will particularly be coming for some of you sleeping in the church,” he said.

Aigbe’s remark made the entire congregation laugh as he urged them to guard their heart against false teachers.

The pastor’s action was captured in a video clip that was released online and it attracted mixed reactions from Nigerians.

However, following a report of the incident by Punch on Sunday, police sources, who spoke to Punch correspondent on Monday, said policemen swung into action immediately.

One of the sources said, “We got the report around 10.50 pm on Sunday on Punch Newspaper’s online publication that Pastor Uche Aigbe of House on the Rock Church mounted the pulpit with an AK47 rifle.

“Our discrete investigation later revealed that a policeman, Inspector Musa Audu, while on church duty on the same day, released his rifle to the pastor without permission.”

Another police source said, “Audu has now been detained alongside the pastor. But the FCT CP has submitted a recommendation to the IG for Audu’s dismissal, and he will be facing an orderly room trial soon.”

Meanwhile, the church, in a statement made available to Punch on Monday evening, said Aigbe had always shown exemplary leadership since he became the pastor of the church in 1999.

Explaining that the pastor was trying to illustrate the message through his action, the church, however, said the gun was not loaded, adding that it did not support any form of violence.

The church noted that it would cooperate with the authorities throughout the investigation into the matter.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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