Bayelsa police nab cleric in military uniform

Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a cleric, Mr. Gods-Treasure Akeh, 46, for wearing an army uniform.

The Yenagoa Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Oyangono Ebere, told our correspondent that the clergyman was arrested about 11.30am along the East-West Road on Tuesday.

He said Akeh was on his way to Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, when he was spotted by police patrol team.

He said the police officers, who were on a stop-and-search operation, tried in vain to flag down the vehicle driven by Akeh.

He said the policemen pursued Akeh, who refused to stop until he ran into traffic.

“We chased him and when we caught up with him, he was searched and we found an army uniform with the rank of a colonel hung in his car.

“When the uniform was searched, we found another set meant for the rank of a captain. He was dressed in military camouflage, military T-shirt, military trousers but he is not a military man,” he said.

He said the police were conducting investigation to determine the motive of the man.

But Akeh said he never identified himself as a military man claiming that he was a member of the Chaplain Corps, a paramilitary religious organisation.

He said he was heading for an executive meeting of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Port-Harcourt when he was accosted by the police.

As a member of the corps, Akeh who said he belonged to the Divine Christian Centre, Warri, Delta State, added that members of the corps were allowed to wear military uniforms.

“Our mission is to intercede for the uniformed people and I have been doing that since 2005. The ranks are what we wear to encourage us in our ministry.

He added that he could not stop when flagged down by the policemen because he was in a hurry to meet the meeting.


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