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Tension In Cross River Community Over Alleged Arrest Of Catholic Priest By Soldiers

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

It has just been confirmed that  Assistant Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Parish, Abuochiche, Bekwarra LGA, Rev. Fr. Titus Armon was arrested on Thursday evening at about 6pm by military men who didn’t identify themselves. 

Eye witness accounts by parishioners who attended Evening Mass said by Father Armon said that Father Armon was picked up right in the Church Premises just as he finished the evening mass and was greeting parishioners. 
More information coming in has it that he was “arrested” by men In military uniform dispatched from Calabar.
He was arrested in place of his twin brother, also a priest who serves in Anambra. 
His twin brother has  recently been highly critical of Governor Ben Ayade. 
Father Armon, the one at Anambra had written a very critical fact check on the tenure of Gov Ayade.
As at time of filing this report, efforts were under way by the Catholic Heirachy lawyers from Joe Agi SAN Chambers to trace him and effect his release. 
“We look forward to his release and more details on why he was arrested and who instigated his arrest as the day goes by,” a parishioner said.
Parishioners at SS Peter and Paul are said to be restive and are wondering why a priest will be arrested and from within the premises of the church too. 
Reports reaching us indicate that community leaders are working hard to placate worshippers to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

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