Christians in Owerri, Imo State capital, are unshaken by the recent attempt to bomb the Living Faith Church aka (Winners’ Chapel, on Port Harcourt Road, Owerri by unknown persons suspected to be Boko Haram members.
Christian Voice checks in the city revealed that there has been no disruption of church activities in various denominations as their members professed unshaken faith in God, bomb or no bomb.
Panic gripped residents of the city s forthnight ago when news filtered into the town of the discovery of two bombs at the Living Faith Church in wait for the morning service that Sunday.
But the swift intervention of men of the bomb disposal unit of the police in the state who defused the bombs brought calm to the city.
Our reporter who gauged the mood at prominent churches in Owerri stated the firm resolve of the church authorities and their congregation to go about their activities without fear.
At the Living Faith, where the bomb was planted, a good number of worshippers still thronged the church for service and other programmes.
“We are not scared. The news did not stop us from worshipping God, even on that Sunday and we had continued with our daily services and activities” one of the members told Christian Voice.
He attributed the quick intervention of the police as an act of God and urged the government to help in securing the churches. He advised all churches to institute their own security mechanism to forestall any attempt by the dreaded Islamic sect to bomb any church in the South East.
At the Praise Centre International Church, a priest confirmed that the police now check their premises regularly before the commencement of services or programmes that would attract crowd.
He said that the security men in the church also scan members coming into the venue.
Rev. Chris Mejuru of St. Silas Anglican Church Uratta, Owerri North LGA, said attendance to his church has not been affected by the bomb incident.
As a security measure, they, however, embarked on the sensitization of their congregation while they also invite the police on routine checks before service.
Others spoken to saw the new development as signs of the end time, adding that they would rather intensify their worship of God this period. They quoted the bible verse which indicates that except the Lord guards the house, in vain the watchman keeps awake.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo, Mr Andrew Enwerem, confirmed that investigations were still on to unravel those behind the act. Also briefing newsmen, Commissioner Abdulmajid Ali said that the six persons earlier arrested have been freed after they were confirmed to be genuine tourists on international assignment from other countries.
The police authorities also had a meeting with leaders of churches and mosques in the state at the weekend.