A suspected thief has been electrocuted while allegedly stealing from a church in Aba, Abia State.
Confirming the incident, the Abia Command Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the “area-boy” popularly known as “Bouncer” was electrocuted while allegedly trying to steal a church’s electrical appliances and other equipment in Aba.
It was also gathered that the incident happened at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Agbarevo Street, off Omuma Road, in Eziukwu-Asa-Okpuaja in Aba South Local Government Area on Saturday midnight.
While his real name is yet to be revealed, Ogbonna told NAN that the suspected corpse had been deposited in a mortuary.
A worker in the church who pleaded anonymity said they had recorded several robbery incidents on the church premises with no one ever caught to account for several missing items in the past.
On the April 30th incident, he said “Bouncer’s voice was heard shouting ‘Oh Jesus’ inside the Church premises on Saturday midnight. He disclosed after the shout, they discovered his corpse early on Sunday morning.
He also alleged that the deceased had jumped into the church premises through the rear fence, dismantled other equipment, cutting wires when power was restored, leading to his electrocution.
The source said, “This church has recorded several stealing cases in recent times.
“The thieves have made a mess of the house of God with their stealing techniques. We have been living at the mercy of God. Nothing is safe here. Not even the roofing sheets.
“The church lost newly fixed roofing sheets worth millions of Naira. We have lost too many plastic chairs and seats worth hundreds of thousands of naira.
“The last one that happened which shocked everyone was a very big goat which was used by a church member for thanksgiving.
“And the goat valued at about N150,000 was tied up in the church compound but was stolen the next day. Can you imagine the guts?
“We discovered the thief pulled down some blocks while jumping into the church compound to do his thing.
“I am not happy about his death. I would have loved it if he were alive to repent, but this should be a lesson to others out there.”
“His corpse was discovered on Sunday and had been reported at the Central Police Station, Aba. It is really a pity. People need to stop doing evil.”
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