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Robbers raid church over fund raising proceeds

A gang of armed robbers, in the early hours of Monday, invaded Emmanuel Baptist Church Cathedral, Sabo Oke in Ilorin, Kwara State, allegedly looking for the proceeds of an earlier fund raising by the church.

Our Correspondent reliably gathered that the robbers, said to be six in number, scaled the fence of the church from the back and overpowered the five private security guards on duty.

The robbers tied the security guards with ropes and commandeered one of them to lead them to the church strong room.

It was gathered that the robbers subsequently used axes, diggers and sledge hammers to break the safe but met the safe empty.

Apparently disappointed, the robbers allegedly ordered the security men to lead them to the vicarage and ordered the vicar (names witheld) to produce the church money, or be shot dead.

The source further said that it took a plea and explanations from one of the security guards to save the life of the pastor.

The guard was quoted to have told the hoodlums that as a Baptist pastor, he did not have anything to do with the church money.
The robbers, who reportedly operated from 2 to 5am, out of anger, thereafter, dispossessed the entire resident in the vicarage of their belongings such as laptops, trinkets and cash.

A source in the church told this reporter that the matter had been reported to the police.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said his office had been informed about the incident.

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