The police authorities in Nigeria have detained pastor Uche Aigbe of the House on the Rock Church, Abuja for preaching to his congregation with an AK47 riffle on his shoulder while on the pulpit.
Pastor Aigbe was detained alongside Inspector Musa Audu, who will be facing an orderly room trial for handing over his rifle to the Preacher on Sunday.The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Command, Sadiq Abubakar, has made a recommendation to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to dismiss a police officer, Inspector Musa Audu.
Pastor Aigbe had caused a stir on Sunday when he mounted the pulpit carrying an AK 47 rifle during the second service, which frequently has a high turnout of the congregation who comes from different parts of the FCT.
Brandishing the gun, the pastor picked his way to the altar as many members of his congregation exchanged glances trying to understand what was happening.
It was, however, not known if the gun he brandished was loaded or not.
The Nigerian internet space got divided over the news of Aigbe’s actions.
An unflinching Aigbe walked up to the lectern, aware of the tension his action had created, without looking at his worshippers.
But as he made attempt to open his Bible, the preacher looked up and said teasingly, “Some people are looking for my trouble. And I came here prepared.
“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 response 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.
Pastor Aigbe leads a flambouyant lifestyle which is fondly associated with preachers at the House on the Rock church.