The FCT Police Command allegedly detained Uche Aigbe, the Presiding Pastor of House on the Rock, Abuja Chapter, after he decided to mount the pulpit in church while holding an AK-47 rifle, according to the Punch.
A video that went viral on Sunday, February 12th, showed Pastor Aigbe brandishing a rifle while preaching.
According to police, the officer who handed over his rifle to the clergyman was Inspector Musa Audu.
The Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Abubakar consequently recommended to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to dismiss Audu who will be facing an orderly room trial.
According to The Punch, Inspector Audu and Pastor Aigbe have also been detained by the Intelligence Response Team, Force Intelligence Bureau, Garki, Abuja, on Monday.
The pastor caused a stir when he showed up with an AK 47 rifle during the second service, though it is unclear if the gun he brandished was loaded or not.
He told the congregation; “Today, there are some pastors with gift of divination who go about ripping people. This is why we should carry our ‘guns’ and defend ourselves. I will particularly be coming very soon for some of you sleeping in the church.”
His comment threw the entire gathering into a fit of laughter as he continued preaching on “Guarding your hearts from false teachers” and “faith without work is dead.”
A source said the police swung into action following the report on Sunday.
“The Inspector has been arrested. When he was questioned, he noted that he gave the gun to the pastor for demonstration purposes during church service.
“Audu has now been detained alongside the pastor. But the FCT CP has submitted a recommendation to the IG for Audu’s dismissal, and he will be facing an orderly room trial soon,” the source said.