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Priest arrested for robbery, kidnapping

Priest Ani

Imeohia Mmaku village in Awgu Local
Government Area of Enugu State recently came under siege of suspected robbers
cum kidnappers who invaded the community to perpetrate their heinous crime
which was allegedly led by a priest.
Rev. Fr. James Ani clad in a white
cassock, in company of about eight other people while carrying out the
operation sealed off all entrances to the community and held them by the
jugular and laid siege on their prey.

The gang combed parts of the community
to see if they could find a prime target on which they could feed. But while
the siege lasted, a team of anti- robbery patrol team usually on routine checks
on remote parts of the state was passing by and accosted the gang. On seeing
the police team, Fr. Ani reportedly commanded his ‘troops’ to launch offensive.
Wielding several dangerous weapons, the suspected robbers reportedly engaged
the police team in fierce duel which further sent habitants of the community
and travellers scampering for safety.
During the clash, Fr. Ani and his gang
reportedly got hold of one Inspector Cosmas Nzeribe and a couple of his
colleagues, and almost sniffed life out of them. However, the suspected robbers
bowed to the superior firepower of the law enforcement agents leading to their
arrest. Before they were arrested, the hoodlums damaged the Toyota Corolla
saloon car with registration number ENUGU XY 770 ENU and another Toyota Toyota
Corolla car with registration number KPP 450 XA used by the law enforcement
agents.
In the end, Ani and three others; Ugwu
Marcel, Obasi Felix and Norbert Eke were arrested and taken to custody. About
five other members of the gang reportedly fled from the scene of the attack. A
manhunt has already been launched for the fleeing suspects.
At the time of arrest, Ani reportedly
informed security operatives that he was not a robber but a priest. However,
upon intense interrogation, he confessed to his crime, saying that he was
pushed into the crime due to lull in his business.
Spokesman for the Enugu State Police
Command, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the arrest of the four suspected
robbers, maintained that investigations are ongoing while a manhunt had been
launched for the fleeing suspects. 
Wonders they say shall never end!!!

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