As reported in Imo state, an alleged mentally challenged Anglican priest has been arrested for breaking into a micro finance bank and setting two Automated Teller Machines (ATM) on fire.
Identified as Reverend Chukwunyere Ibezim, the priest reportedly broke into Imo Micro finance bank in broad daylight to carry out this act. He did not just set the ATMs on fire, he also burnt his motor bike but was later overpowered by security men.
According to Southern City, an eyewitness on Friday, March 2, Kingsley Chukwu disclosed that the priest was also caught with N100,000 after he burnt the ATMs.
He said: “Reverend Chukwunyere Ibezim of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ugiri in Isiala Mbano LGA is cooling off his heels in the police net for breaking into the bank in broad daylight with a gallon of fuel and setting the two installed ATMs on fire. On noticing that people would go after him, he smartly ran out of the bank, set his own motorcycle on fire in a bid to scare people away and took to his heels. A mob went after him and almost crushed him. It took the intervention of policemen from the Ehime Mbano Divisional Headquarters to save him from being lynched. The sum of N100,000 was recovered from him. A new hammer was equally recovered from him. He came on a brand new motorcycle which he later set ablaze also.”
The Imo state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, confirmed his arrest. He added that medical examination revealed that the priest was psychiatric patient and has been taken to an hospital in Enugu for treatment.
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