By Monday Osayande of the Daily Trust
Asaba — A four-man gang of armed robbers Monday (7 March) burgled the Bishop's Court, the Anglican Diocese of Asaba in Delta State, taking away N800,000 and other valuables.
The bishop, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, and his wife were held at gun point inside their bedroom by the hoodlums at about 1am who operated for about three hours. The bishop's three handsets, marriage rings, shirts, two lap-top computers and other valuables were also snatched during the operation. He said the suspects who brandished dangerous weapons, ransacked the mission house, shouting "where is the money?" and left with N800,000.
He said as soon as they cut down the burglary proof of his living room, they were asked to lie flat on the floor before they tied their hands and legs. He said the police and other security men in the court where brutalized by the robbers before they escaped through the fence.
He said all entreaties that the money belonged to the church were rebuffed as the robbers insisted that they did not come from Bayelsa for joke. While he blamed the new generation churches and the political leaders for worshiping money and throwing honesty to the wind, he wondered why the gang, which he described as "young boys", took to the dubious means to acquire wealth, saying, "if people can have the boldness to rob a church, it means the society is no longer safe for the ordinary man."
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Charles Muka said the command was working hard to nab the thieves