The alleged shooting of Anambra pastor David Elijah, the pastor in charge of Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry in Awka, has been declared as high mischief by the police in Anambra state.
The Anambra Command in a statement signed by DCP Chris Owolabi, wondered why the pastor refused to report the incident to the police station closest to the scene of the incident.
Instead, he ran to his church in Aromma, Awka, to make a public announcement of his alleged miraculous escape.
You recall, reports went viral days ago claiming that gunmen suspected to be assassins, on Thursday, attacked David Elijah and opened fire on him in Anambra state after trailing him from Enugu.
According to the story, the bullets, however did not penetrate the pastor, despite evidence of gun-torn cloths the pastor was wearing. Pictures of the pastor went viral and showed that the bullets tore through his cloths but none penetrated his body.
Responding to the story, the Anambra police said:
“The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to mischievous publications in some national dailies and the social media that one Pastor (Prophet) David Elijah of Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry, Awka was attacked by unknown gunmen in his church close to Aroma junction.
“It is indisputable that on Sept. 6th between 9am to 10am, the Pastor said that he was attacked by unknown gunmen along Enugu-Udi road in Enugu state and his vehicle was riddled with bullets, but he escaped unhurt.
However, instead of reporting the incident at the nearest police station where the incident took place, the pastor drove to his church in Awka and attracted the attention of his congregation who were waiting for him at the church premises for a church event.’
The police command urged members of the public to disregard the report as misleading and assured that Anambra is safe.
“Following the incident, the commissioner of police directed the DPO ‘B’ Division to immediately proceed to the church and ascertain the true situation.
The DPO visited the pastor at his church and even took photographs with him to clear the ambiguity.
In view of the foregoing, the command implores members of the public to disregard such misleading reports from mischievous elements who are bent on portraying the state in bad light in order to achieve their selfish goals.”