A catholic priest in Imo State is being investigated by the police after reports that he was illegally in possession of weapons.
The Reverend Father is said to be in charge of a parish in the Dikenafai environs of the Ideato South LGA of the state. He is said to have threatened members of his parish and endangered their lives with three unlicensed guns believed to be in his possession, without approval.
As a result of the Reverend Father’s action, many are now afraid of going to the church.
Crime Guard reliably gathered that the guns which include one pump action riffle, one double-barrelled gun and a locally-made pistol allegedly belonging to the priest were recovered from his official residence by operatives of Special Armed Robbery Squad, SARS, Imo State Police Command acting on a tip off from some concerned parishioners.
Described as a very controversial priest, the reverend father was arrested and detained briefly but granted bail by the police following the intervention of some influential religious and political leaders in the state.
Police sources said that the controversy surrounding the Catholic priest stemmed from a tragedy that occurred in January 2010, after the death of a prominent indigene of the area.
Meanwhile, investigation into the case is ongoing by the police to ascertain the source of the guns and possibly the actual purposes they are being used for.
The Rev Father may be charged to court after full police investigation had been concluded.