The police in Delta said two persons have been apprehended for allegedly possessing sophisticated weapons.
The resident Pastor, Christ Holy Church, Pastor Fidelis Nwansa and a vigilante head, simply identified as Freeman over alleged gun-running.
The police hinted that six rifles were recovered from them in an uncompleted building within the Church premises.
The vigilante head was nabbed under the pretence of providing security for churches and hotels with vigilante groups from Anambra State at Okwe, Asaba, Oshimili south local government area of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed their arrest, saying the arrest of the Pastor was effected by his men during a mop-up exercise.
“Some people from across the Niger have started or are bringing in Vigilantes, bringing criminals to Delta in the name of providing security to either churches or hotels forgetting about the fact that one, it is illegal to do that because a vigilante from another State cannot come and operate in another State.
“Secondly, they’re carrying sophisticated firearms. Thirdly, there is every indication that once they bring this person, they are also engaged in criminality. So, we have recovered six pump actions”.
Mr. Inuwa said the vigilante head who is from Anambra State with the cleric was brought into Delta State for a security job.
He disclosed that investigation also led to the arrest of the resident pastor of the church who confessed that the recovered prohibited firearms belonged to the Anambra Vigilantes group.