8th December, 2010
There seems to be no respite for Prophet T.B. JoshuaÂ of The Synagogue Church of AllÂ Nations, as another personÂ was caught inside the church on Sunday. He had come withÂ a loaded gun which he hid before he joined the congregation.
His true intention could not be ascertained as the man claimed after his arrest thatÂ he had come to seek repentance.
Before the latest incident, a knife-wielding man was arrested among the congregationÂ two Sundays ago.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the arrest was madeÂ while T. B. Joshua was ministering inÂ the church. In the course of his ministration, he stated that someone with a gun wasÂ inside the church. As the pastor moved towards the suspect, the suspectÂ confessedÂ that he was the one that came with the gun and he took Joshua and security personnelÂ to where he kept the weapon.
The suspect, it was learnt, hid the gun somewhere in the church and was going toÂ retrieve it when he was accosted by Prophet Joshua who suspected that he was up toÂ something in the light of the botched knife incident.
P.M.NEWS gathered that since the knife incident, Joshua had beefed up securityÂ around the church to ward offÂ intruders.
The newÂ suspect, Sunday Akpan, said he actually came to the church because he wasÂ tired of robbing people.
Akpan said he joined a robbery gangÂ when one of his friends, who is now dead,Â Â initiated him into the business and since then, he has been involved in severalÂ operations.
On why he joined the robbery gang, he said it was because of bad friends and that heÂ was from a poor family and his parents are old, so he needed to take care of themÂ and his wife and child. He expressed regrets for being a robber and said that heÂ wanted to change.
â€œI have been involved in several robbery operations, but for all the years, there isÂ nothing to show for it. I cannot boast of a roof where I can sleep,â€ he lamented.