A Pentecostal Archbishop and Presiding Officer of Unifaith Living Church Incorporated, Paul Hanson, has narrated how he was stripped by gunmen on his way to Anambra State to consecrate a Bishop-elect named Norman Okeorimili.
Hanson said the incident happened at Akata Market Square, Orlu, Imo State, on Sunday at 2pm.
He narrated his ordeals in the hands of the hoodlums to journalists during the consecration ceremony of the bishop-elect at Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Sunday.
The cleric, who was driving from Akwa Ibom State, said his car, regalia, rank badge, money, six phones, among other belongings, were taken away by the hoodlums.
While narrating his ordeal, he expressed deep worry that a cleric could be stripped and all his belongings removed.
He said, “This incident happened at Akata, Orlu market square, in Imo State, while I was coming from Akwa Ibom State, to consecrate the Bishop-elect of our church, Norman Okeorimili, in Ogidi.
“I was stripped; they left me with a pant, my car and all in it removed. They included six phones that included those of my driver, money, regalia, badge rank, among others.
“It was somebody I don’t know that brought his car to help me. He helped me to the Police Area Commander and from there I called my Divisional Police Officer in Akwa Ibom and told him what happened. The attack on me didn’t stop me from consecrating Norman Okeorimili.”
Reacting, the newly-consecrated bishop said that God had destined that the consecration must be performed despite the attack, pointing out that the cleric must accomplish his assignment as ordered by God.
“That is why what God said would happen nobody would stop Him. They couldn’t stop the consecration as it was the will of God that today, Sunday, it would come to pass,” Okeorimili.