A middle aged man (names withheld) from Edo State, disguised in kaftan and turban, has been arrested while attempting to set ablaze a Church in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.
Our correspondent gathered that the young man, who hails from Edo State was dressed in kaftans and wore a Turban attempted to set ablaze the Redeemed Christian Church along Nicheon Road Yenagoa.
A senior official of the State Security Service (SSS) in Yenagoa confirmed the attempt to attack the Church but said the suspect has nothing to do with the radical Boko Haram sect as he was a Christian from Edo State.
“There is nothing like bombing of a Church in Bayelsa State. What actually happened was that a man was arrested while attempting to burn down a Church. The man is said to have confessed to the Church of being an armed robber and the Church promised to rehabilitate him and paid his house rent for two years.
“When his rent expired, he (the man) when back to the Church demanding for additional House rent and the Church said they only promised to pay his rent for two years for him to find a job and be on his own.
“So the man decided to go back to the Church, attempted to burn down the Church yesterday (Tuesday evening) and was arrested. We have handed him over to the police. If you want any other information, you can contact the Police,” the official said.
The Bayelsa State police command when contacted, denied knowledge of the incident saying it did not receive any report or suspect in connection with attempt to burn down a Church.
“I have been on duty throughout the Christmas period. Nothing like that happened. Other reporters have called and I told them the same. I am not aware of any report of a suspect handed over to us,” the State Police Spokesman, Eguaveon Emokpae said.