by crossriverwatch admin
Yesterday at about 2:16am men of the Nigeria Police successfully foiled an attempt by armed robbers who tried robbing a church in Calabar South.
The armed robbers who according to their victim intended to rob Church of Christ at no. 2 Hawkins road Calabar South were chased away by policemen who promptly responded to a distress call.
This first victim was the security man at the Hope Of Glory Missionary Foundation, Inyang Ekeng street where the heavily armed robbers entered from since they share a fence with their targeted church.
While recounting his ordeal to CrossRiverWatch, the security man who declined giving his name said, “When I finished my regular inspection round the compound soon after I saw people flashing me touch light from the fence then I was asked to lay down flat which I obeyed.
“The four of them took me to my room, told me they didn’t come for me or my church but for Church of Christ, also they collected my two machetes and a touch light, they showed me guns and told me they don’t want to harm me or anyone but if I dare scream that will be the end of me. They then used my clothes and belt to tie me up facing down, they were speaking Ibibio throughout”, he said.
Our reporter observed that the robbers used a ladder from The Hope Of Glory Missionary Foundation to climb into Church of Christ.
They scrapped the broken bottles from the fence then milled down and dropping behind Church of Christ Pastors quarters.
According to a security man at the Church of Christ whose name also did not want to be named, when the robbers arrived at their targeted location they also tied him up at the garage before forcefully helping themselves into the secretary’s office where they found no valuables before the police arrived.
The head pastor of the church’s Hawkins branch disclosed that it was his member who was around that called the police.
He said, “My security man rolled all the way from the car park where he was tied to my quarters backyard then kept hitting my gate calling on me until I came out to untie him”.
Some residents confirmed that the police came on time in the middle of the robbery, and between four to five shots were fired. No life was lost and none of the robbers was caught as at the time of filing this report.
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