A Pentecostal Archbishop and Presiding Officer of Unifaith Living Church Incorporated, Paul Hanson, has revealed how he was stripped and robbed by gunmen on his way to Anambra State to consecrate a Bishop-elect named Norman Okeorimili.
According to The PUNCH, the cleric stated that the incident occurred at Akata Market Square, Orlu, Imo State, on Sunday at 2pm.
He disclosed his experience in the hands of the gunmen to journalists during the consecration ceremony of the bishop-elect at Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Sunday.
The cleric claimed that the thugs stole his car, regalia, rank badge, money, six phones, and other belongings while he was driving from Akwa Ibom State.
He described his ordeal, expressing deep concern that a cleric might be stripped and have everything taken from him.
He said, “This incident happened at Akata, Orlu market square, in Imo State, while I was coming from Akwa Ibom State, to consecrate the Bishop-elect of our church, Norman Okeorimili, in Ogidi.
“I was stripped; they left me with a pant, my car and all in it removed. They included six phones that included those of my driver, money, regalia, badge rank, among others.
“It was somebody I don’t know that brought his car to help me. He helped me to the Police Area Commander and from there I called my Divisional Police Officer in Akwa Ibom and told him what happened. The attack on me didn’t stop me from consecrating Norman Okeorimili.”
The newly ordained bishop responded by asserting that it was God’s will that the consecration proceed regardless of the attack and highlighting the fact that the cleric must complete his task as directed by God.
“That is why what God said would happen nobody would stop Him. They couldn’t stop the consecration as it was the will of God that today, Sunday, it would come to pass,” Okeorimili.