Security alert in churches …As bandits raid CATOL Administrator’s residence By Rich Odu and Emma Onumah

Security has been beefed up in churches in the Diocese of Owerri following a robbery incident recently at the residence of the Administrator of Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri.

Armed robbers numbering over seven last Wednesday broke into the residence of the Administrator, carting away various items and an undisclosed amount of cash.

But the police told Christian Voice Newspaper, that they are in collaboration with some of the priests to ensure security in their residences.

The CATOL Administrator Ven. A.C. Chukwuocha, had moved into the residence a few days earlier, following a recent transfer of priests in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri.

According to accounts, the thieves who struck at the early hours of last Wednesday, gained entry into the parsonage through a back window after removing the aluminium glass having pulled down the iron protector.

Among the items removed were 17 laptop computers, over 10 mobile handsets, cash and other valuable items.

The matter was promptly reported to the Owerri Divisional Police Station for investigation and possible arrest of the culprits.

Police, however, advised the resident priests to be vigilant and to report any suspicious movements in their vicinity.

A top officer at the Imo State Command restated the command’s determination to ensure the safety of Imo residents and to rid the state of criminals.

According to him, Imo is now an investment-friendly State.

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