Pastor Abel Eku

By Victor Ernest

The Edo state  police Command on Tuesday paraded a pastor who attempted to bomb the headquarters of the Christ Chosen Church of God in Benin city, the state capital.

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The incident was aid to have happened on 22 January, 2017.

The pastor identified as Abel Eku was reportedly arrested by the police when an explosive device he was allegedly attempting to use to blow up the church auditorium was detected.

Protesting against dismissal

The 57-year-old man said he attempted the act in protest of his dismissal from the church due to marital issues after 25 years of service.

”I had marital issues with my wife. We came to the church to resolve it and it was not resolved. It led to my dismissal. I was very bitter about the dismissal. I do not have the intention of killing people,” he said.

According to the pastor, he acted on annoyance of which he later repented of by calling the church officials to tell them of the location of the explosive.

He said the bomb was not meant to kill anyone but to cause a scare among church members and elders.

”I had a change of heart and called the people to tell them about it. It was to scare people. I had to call people to check and detonate it,” he added.