Police in Abia have arraigned the Founder of the Church of Satan in the state, Ifekwe Udo, for alleged destruction of a police station and court buidlings.
Udo is now undergoing trial for his alleged involvement in the burning of the Ohafia Police Station on Sunday, April 19, 2020, by some youths in the community.
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, a 19-year-old school leaver, Friday Ifeanyi, of the Eni Njoku Road, Ebem Ohafia, was shot dead by a policeman.
Early the next day, angry youths went on the rampage, destroying and burning down the Ohafia High Court, Magistrate’s Court, three police patrol vans, the DPO’s quarters and the police barracks.
Abi State Commissioner of Police, Jane Agbede, on Wednesday confirmed that Udo and others were facing trial over the incident.
It was also learnt that following Udo’s arrest by police personnel from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, youths from Ohafia stormed the Nmuri stream location of the church along the Abam-Ohafia Road, Ebem Ohafia, and vandalised it.
“The Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer, popularly known as the Church of Satan, in Ohafia, founded by Mr Ifekwe Udo, has been knocked down and vandalised by youths of the community for the evil it has initiated,” a resident said.
The Ohafia ancestry of Udo, popularly known as Lucifer or Fada-Fada, a source said, was questionable.
According to source, “He became popular in the past quarter of a decade for his visible efforts in providing employment opportunities for the jobless youths of the community. He gave the jobless youth motorcycles on hire purchase.
“He later opened a brothel also in Ohafia, which allowed same sex relationship. The people of Ohafia knew his evil practices, but nobody could confront him because of his connections.
“He was arrested this month by the federal authority for violating the lockdown order and also for child trafficking and terrorising the community.”
Other sources alleged that men were stationed in the brothel for sex-starved women and men to patronise.
It was learnt that the alleged atrocities angered the youth of the community who destroyed the satanic images outside the church.
The traditional ruler of the area, Eze Ujurueze confirmed the report, adding that police operatives from Abuja arrested the Church of Satan’s founder for his alleged involvement in the recent burning of the Ohafia Divisional Police Station and other government institutions, including courts.
He disclosed that the Ebem community and the entire Ohafia clan had banished Udo, who was first taken to Abuja, interrogated and returned to Umuahia, where he is currently facing trial.
Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, declined to comment on the matter, saying it was no longer under the command.