Pastor Ignatus Ogboi, 51, of the Christ Army Church at Mbiri in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, has been caught with 3,871 live cartridges, some prohibited drugs and undisclosed amount of money. This came as the presiding Pastor of Deliverance Home of Comfort Assembly in Ihiagwa, Owerri, Imo State, Benjamin Ndieze, was arrested for allegedly stage-managing abduction to fulfil a prophecy.
Ogboi was arrested by policemen attached to the Special Anti- Kidnapping Squad (SAKCCS) who were acting on intelligence information that he was doing illegal business in the area. The cleric owned up to the ownership of the exhibits but denied the suspected case of kidnapping, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and prohibited drugs, including Tramadol, levelled against him.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, who paraded him with suspected cult members, murderers and armed robbers in Asaba yesterday, said Ogboi specialised in sponsoring kidnapping and armed robbery operations within Agbor, Umunede and its environs. But the suspect thanked God that no criminal case had been traced to him. Ogboi said he only helped the vigilantes in his community to procure the recovered items found in his possession after they complained that they were buying them at exorbitant rates elsewhere. He will be charged to court soon