Two General Overseers, Clifford Nmenabu, of God Covenant of Christ the King Sabbath Missionary and Festus Daniel Igwe, the founder of Zion House of Prayer Sabbath Missionary, are now the guests of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, after they were nabbed for gun running.
The duo were arrested by detectives of the Monitoring Unit of the state police command for allegedly procuring five AK47 rifles for use during the forthcoming general elections.
The state Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali, said that his men acted on a useful tip off and swooped in on the men of God.
"On February 13, 2015, policemen led by the officer in charge of the Monitoring Unit, Superintendent of Police, Linus Nwaiwu, stormed their churches in Oru East local government rea, arrested and recovered all the guns."
On further investigation, the police discovered that the suspects were contracted by a London based strong man of the Movement for the Actualization of the Biafra State, whose name they gave as Mr K. Nnamdi, to procure the guns in readiness for the forthcoming elections.
The CP continued:
"The two clerics were given an advance cash of N300,000 for 10 pieces of AK 47 rifles and to be given a cash balance of N1.2 million as soon as they deliver.
The suspects were nabbed when they were about to hand over the five AK47 rifles to a group of persons who claim to be representing Biafra in the church premises of Pastor Igwe."
Pastor Nmenabu who is 67-years-old, reportedly confessed to the police that apart from his ministry, he also deals in arms and ammunitions.
"I am the General Overseer of God Covenant of Christ the King Sabbath Missionary. I have been in the ministry for over 35 years.
I am also into buying and selling of arms and ammunition. I was listening to Radio Biafra London when the broadcaster, who introduced himself as Nnamdi, gave out a number through which he can be reached. I called him and he explained that he is the coordinator of the popular Biafra group.
I told him who I am and what I can do for the group. He gave me the contract and I decided to ask my fellow priest, Igwe, who has contacts.
He offered to pay N1.2 million for 10 AK47 rifles. He gave us N300, 000 as a deposit. We were waiting for the balance when policemen stormed my house and arrested us."
63-year-old High Priest Festus Igwe, said that he is willing to assist the police to track down Nnamdi who is currently on the run.
"I am the GO of the Zion House of Prayers Sabbath Mission. I was in the church, when Pastor Nmenabu contacted me that there is a good business on ground.
I rushed to his church and he gave me the details. Luckily, I still had contact with some arms dealers in Imo state.
He also introduced me to Nnamdi who gave us an advance fee of N300,000.
We had delivered the five AK47 rifles and was waiting for Nnamdi to bring the balance when the police arrived. I am very sorry. I am ready to assist the police to track down Nnamdi."