The love of money is the root of all evil they say. I wonder if this is the case in what happened in one of the new generation churches in Benue state yesterday where the Benue State Police Command arrested the pastor of a new generation church in Katsina-Ala (names withheld) for illegal possession of fire arms and assault on the church’s accountant.
According to a Vanguard source, the pastor was apprehended with the firearm by men of the Benue State Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Katsina-Ala where he allegedly tried to kill the accountant of the church, Mr. Philip Toryila, during a serious disagreement over money.
Quoting the source, “the incident occurred on Tuesday evening when the pastor ordered the church accountant to handover church monies to him for execution of a project and he refused. The refusal of the accountant angered the pastor who engaged him in a fracas and in the process pulled out a gun on the accountant.
In the process, the accountant shouted for help which attracted the attention of another church official who alerted the police and they quickly drafted some armed men of the squad to the place and arrested the pastor.”
It was also gathered from the source that the accountant sustained a major facial injury and other parts of his body and was quickly rushed to a private hospital in Katsina-Ala where he is currently receiving treatment.
The Benue state Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Daniel Ezeala, confirmed the story. He said that the arrested pastor was brought to the state command and will soon be charged to court for illegal possession of firearms. He added that the police are still conducting investigations into the matter.