Police Quiz Delta Pastor For Allegedly Funding Avengers
Police interrogated a cleric in Warri over alleged sponsoring of the militant group in Niger Delta – The man of God was also accused of harboring weapons in church and at home – However, the police didn’t find anything after the search was conducted in his residences Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Niger Delta Squad A bishop of a new generation church in Warri was quizzed by the Delta state police detectives over reported sponsoring of the militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The PUNCH reports that the bishop (name suspended), comes from Ogbinbiri community of Egbema (Ijaw) Kingdom in the Warri North council area of the state and is the presiding bishop of the New Salvation Zion Church of Christ at Igbodu area of the city.
The police insiders told reporters that the church leader was summoned for questioning after two petitions supposing that he was sponsoring the Avengers. The interrogation was conducted at the Warri area command of the Delta state police command. The prominent man of God was quizzed from 8am to about 8pm last week July 13, before he was permitted to go and directed to report the following day for further interrogation. A closed relative of the suspected bishop confirmed the development to the journalist, but asked not to be identified. The petitions also supposed that the cleric was harbouring arms both in his house and church. The police conducted the search of the Ijaw bishop’s residence at Bendel Estate in Effurun, Uvwie council area of the state, and his church building in Igbodu area of Warri. However, nothing incriminating was found at both houses of the clergyman.
The Avengers claimed series of attacks on gas and oil facilities in Niger Delta region. The militants group has been calling for a share of profits from oil production with the local population. They also demand regional self-government.