Men of the Nigeria Police in Cross River State on Saturday killed a popular preacher, Pastor John, in Akamkpa Local Government of the state, during a shootout with members of his gang of robbers.
Pastor John and his gang had raided some buildings in the residential quarters of lecturers of the Cross River College of Education on Saturday, dispossessing their victims of money and valuables. Three other suspected gang members were also arrested after a fierce gun duel that lasted into the night…
In the process of sharing their loot, according to a commercial motorcyclist who witnessed the scene, someone informed the police who immediately swooped on them and a gun battle ensued.
“When the police came there was an exchange of gun fire and one of them was killed, one escaped while three were arrested,” the motorcyclist, identified as Dennis Egom, said.
“He got born again some years ago and was carrying Bible to preach to people and soon became a pastor in the church (name withheld) in 2011. But unknown to some of us who knew him as well as his followers and other residents, John was an armed robber whose real identity was revealed the day he was killed,” he said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. John Umoh, confirmed the unfortunate incident.