A five-man armed robbery gang has attacked the Bishop of Oleh Diocese of the Anglican Communion in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, Rt. Rev. John Aruakpor, carting away his laptop, telephones and other valuables.
Sources told our correspondent on Wednesday that the gunmen stormed the residence of the bishop on Tuesday afternoon while the cleric was preparing to attend a prayer programme within the Bishop Court where he resides.
The hoodlums, who also carted away an undisclosed amount of money, were said to have broken into the church compound through the fence and forced their way into the Bishop’s apartment.
Although no one was injured in the incident which lasted for about 30 minutes, the gunmen threatened to kill the occupants of the house, including the bishop when they attempted to raise the alarm after they (robbers) broke in.
A church member who had gone to sympathise with the bishop, confirmed to our correspondent that the hoodlums made away with money, phones, laptops, iPads and other items belonging to members of the bishop’s family.
Bishop Aruakpor while confirming the attack to journalists on Wednesday said he had forgiven the robbers and also expressed excitement that nobody was injured from the attack.
The cleric called on the hoodlums to seek God’s forgiveness and salvation.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, also confirmed the incident adding that some suspects had been arrested for questioning.