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Police nab Edo pastor for alleged attempt to bomb church


The Edo State Police Command on Tuesday has arrested a 57-year-old pastor, one Abel Eku, for allegedly attempting to blow up the headquarters of the Christ Chosen Church of God in Benin, with explosive devices.
‎Eku was said to have planted the explosives inside the church auditorium on January 22, prior to the commencement of its international conference.
‎His plot was, however, said to have been foiled when the objects were detected, leading to his arrest by some policemen.
It was also learnt that the explosive devices were detonated by the security operatives, after he reportedly alerted some church officials about the location of the bomb.
The suspect, who was paraded on Tuesday, blamed the act on what he described as bitterness over his dismissal from the church due to marital issues, after 25 years of service.
‎‎‎Pastor Abel said he did it out of annoyance but later regretted his action which made him to call the church officials about the location of the bomb.
Abel, who noted that he regretted his action, also said that the bomb was not meant to kill anyone but to cause a scare among his church members and elders.
‎The 57-year-old man said, “It was out of annoyance that I planted the bomb. I was dismissed from the church after serving for 25 years. After planting the bomb, I was not happy with myself. 
“I had a change of heart and called the people about it. It was to scare people. I have to call people to check and diffuse it.
‎”I had marital issues with my wife. We came to the church to resolve it and it was not resolved. It led to my dismissal. I was very bitter about the dismissal. I do not have the intention of killing people.”