By Jane Nambi
A Catholic priest was arrested for assaulting police officers who were investigating several issues arising from the crisis in his parish.
The priest was remanded yesterday after allegedly attacking policemen in Enugu and charged with assault and unlawful attempt to kill a person identified as Cosmos Nzeribe and a team of police officers attached to police headquarters. He was arrested together with three other parishioners.
After the arrest, Enugu Magistrate’s Court was bombarded by hundreds of his supporters.It is said he has a running battle with the Bishop of Awgu Catholic Diocese.
Presiding Magistrate, E.M. Egumgbe, remanded the suspects in prison custody, saying that they can apply for bail in a high court.
Counsel to the priest, Ray Nnaji, who spoke with newsmen after the court session, said that his client was sent to prison on trumped-up charges. He claims the policemen beat up the priest after undressing him and arresting him.
“I have been following this matter for some time. We know quite well that beating up the police is condemnable, though the priest has said he has no business with beating the police and did not tell anyone to beat the police,” Nnaji said.