There was pandemonium inside the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Nkwerre Imo State on Sunday as Gunmen broke into the church when service was going on.
They whisked away, Uche Nwosu who is former governorship candidate in the state and a son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha.
There was confusion as no one knew the identity of the armed men some of who were masked.
Okorocha in his immediate reaction, said it was senseless for any security agency to effect arrest in such a manner.
There were initial fears that the gunmen were kidnappers.
However the police has said that it’s men arrested Nwosu.
An account by a witness Abazu Ebuka, while confirming the incident said “I just finished taking holy communion, went back to my sit to pray, by the time I raise my head, armed men, masked, on military uniform, inside the church, before you know it they cocked gun, worshipers ran away, gun shots everywhere.
“Ugwumba Uche Nwosu was dragged to a car,
I was almost shot for trying to record a video.
“I was almost sure it was kidnappers or terrorists because of their style, and I didn’t believe the police would disrupt a church service like that.”
The Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Michael Abattam, while confirming that Nwosu was in police custody in a press statement titled, “Arrest of Chief Uche Nwosu’, said “This is to inform the general public that chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo state police command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody.”
This is to refute the earlier news that has been making rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons/gunmen.
“The Commissioner of Police while using this medium to assure Imolites of the command’s commitment in ensuring the safety of lives and prosperity this Yuletide season, advised the general public to always shun fake news.”