By Charles C. OparaA 29-year old Pastor Innocent Nwachukwu was among eight suspected members of a trans-border robbery gang arrested by the Lagos State Police Command in Onitsha. The Imo State-born suspect, who claimed to be married to a Benin Republic-based Togolese, gave a startling confession on the gang’s operation in Benin and Mali, during an exclusive interview with AMEN Super News in Onitsha, Anambra State
Innocent who admitted to be the gang’s informant, revealed that his union with his wife, made it easy for him to study the terrain in Cotonou, Benin Republic, thereby facilitating the gang’s entry into the country.
Members of his gang reportedly stormed a micro finance bank in Porto Novo, Benin Republic, last November, from where they carted away the equivalent of N100 million.
Innocent who gave his operational name as Ishola, said he masterminded the robbery operation at the financial institute, adding that it took him two days to study the terrain before inviting other members of the gang over. He further told AMEN Super News that the gang was planning to extend its operations to Togo when they were arrested.
The father of one who was full of remorse said that his senior pastor and members of his church, whose name he gave as Christ Ascension Church, Benin Republic branch, would be shocked beyond imagination when news of his arrest reach them.
According to him: “I am a dedicated Pastor. Nobody knew I was an armed robber. Every time I returned from any operation, my conscience would prick me. Thereafter, I would go to church for confession but would never disclose the exact sin I committed.
My wife didn’t know I was a robber either. This is because I stay in Benin Republic where she is permanently based for two months, before returning to Nigeria, where she believed I was working. I usually visit Benin Republic when we want to rob and would leave after investing my loot. This is to allow me get hints on the outcome of the operation, in terms of Police investigations.”