A 35-year-old man, Gabriel Okani, who disguised as a seminarian was nearly mobbed by worshippers while stealing a vehicle during priesthood ordination at Assumpta Cathedral of Owerri archdiocese of the Catholic Church on Sunday.
Our correspondent gathered that during the priesthood ordination presided over by Archbishop AJV Obinna, the fake seminarian in a full regalia was perfecting his plans to steal one of the parked vehicles on the church premises.
He was quickly nabbed when he tried to make away with a vehicle.
Our correspondent gathered that the fake seminarian was rescued from the irate worshipers who wanted to lynch him and was taken to the archbishop inside the church auditorium.
The development momentarily disrupted the ordination service, as the archbishop and other clerics interviewed the suspect before policemen came and took him away.
A worshipper said that the suspect confessed that he was a serial car thief and specialized in stealing Toyota products. He added that his gang members were waiting for him outside the church premises.
The Police Spokesperson, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the development, said that the suspect was in police custody.
He said that the suspect came to the church adorned in a seminarian attire with the sole aim of stealing a vehicle from the compound.
Enwerem said that the community policing strategy of the Inspector General of police which the State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galandanchi, was implementing was yielding results.