Three suspects linked to the alleged explosion that went off at the Christian Universal Church International in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday night, have been apprehended by the police.
The suspects were said to have detonated explosives at the church located at 25 Azikiwe Street, Mile 3, in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
The church is reportedly owned by the father of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Two of the suspects were said to have escaped, while three of them are in custody of the police in Rivers State.
The Assistant Chief Security Officer of the Azikiwe Street Security, Collins John bull, told The Punch that a security officer was hit by a bullet while chasing the suspects.
“On Saturday, 28th day of November, 2020, while I was on my duty post, we observed some movements around 8 pm to 9 pm and we were on the alert, before then we saw some strange faces, about five of them, that entered into the governor’s father’s church and we thought they were church members having their normal evening programme, but we were suspicious of them because of the way they were moving.
“About five minutes after the boys entered the church, there was an explosion, we heard a banging noise like that of a bomb from the church and we immediately approached the church and saw them (the suspects) jumping out of the church wearing masks and carrying guns and started shooting at my men.
“By God’s grace, we were able to apprehend three of the criminals that attacked the church, while two escaped. We did everything in our power to apprehend the hoodlums, as we are talking now, one of my men who was hit by a bullet is receiving treatment,” said Johnbull.