The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has said it has a duty to protect the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Father Ejike Mbaka, from being arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).Rev, Father Benjamin Achi, the spokesperson for the diocese, told the Punch newspaper that the church will act if the DSS serves the preacher an invitation letter or arrests him.
Rev, Father Benjamin Achi, the spokesperson for the diocese, told the Punch newspaper that the church will act if the DSS serves the preacher an invitation letter or arrests him.
Achi made the statement in response to reports that the security service had on Thursday, June 3, visited Father Mbaka to come to Abuja for interrogation but were asked to return on Monday, June 7, to see him.He said:’ ‘ The church will react if the DSS serves Rev. Father Mbaka the invitation letter or come to arrest him. He is our priest and it is our duty to protect him. ‘ ‘
Achi disclosed that Father Mbaka waited on Monday, June 7, for the DSS to return with the invitation all to no avail.The spokesperson said:” He (Mbaka) waited yesterday (Monday), but he didn’ t see anybody. “
The man of God apologised and begged the Catholic Church to forgive him over his mistakes in recent times.Mbaka during a sermon on Sunday, May 9, pleaded with Callistus Onaga, bishop of Enugu diocese, to forgive him and his followers for their actions, The Cable reported.The cleric said he was sorry for his statement which was misunderstood to be in favour of the violent protest by his supporters.
Part of Mbaka’ s apology read:” I wish to apologise for whoever that misunderstood my statement. I did not clap for anybody for destroying anything. I heard that the search for Father Mbaka was hijacked; people joined and started breaking things.’ ‘ I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere, unalloyed apologies to the Holy Catholic church where I belong, and say, may the mother church forgive us in any way we didn’ t do it well.
According to The Nation, the cleric reaffirmed his loyalty to the Catholic Church and also cautioned his supporters against violence.Mbaka noted that he has been serving the Catholic Church for 25 years and never intends to go against the organisation.
In another report, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J. V Obinna has charged Governor Hope Uzodimma to protect Imo people and defend their land.
The Archbishop stated that the governor must step up and stop the killings in the state before the situation goes out of hand.
Archbishop Obinna made the call in a statement released on Thursday, June 3, and seen by online news media.
The respected cleric urged the governor to convoke a ceasefire meeting of all stakeholders in the state, adding that a concerted approach to the crisis is needed urgently.