Nwansa, who is in charge of the Christ Holy Church, was nabbed for
alleged gunrunning on the pretext of providing security for churches and
hotels in the area alongside vigilante groups.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz
Inuwa, told journalists on Thursday that the pastor’s arrest was made by
his men two days earlier during a mop-up operation.
The CP stated, “Some people from across the Niger have started or are
bringing in vigilantes and criminals to Delta State in the name of
providing security for churches and hotels, forgetting the fact that it
is illegal to do that, because a vigilante from another state cannot
come and operate in this state.
“Secondly, they are carrying sophisticated firearms. There is every
indication that once they bring these people, they are also engaged in
criminality. So, we have recovered six pump action rifles.”
Inuwa added that his operatives also arrested the head of a vigilante group, simply identified as Freeman.
According to the police boss, the vigilante head, who is from Anambra
State, the same as the cleric, was brought to Delta State for a security
The CP said investigation led to the arrest of the resident pastor, who
confessed that the recovered firearms belonged to the Anambra vigilante