Father Mbaka Denies Attacking BBC Reporters in His Church PremisesFeatured, Latest News, News, News Across Nigeria, News From The State Saturday, December 12th, 2020
(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Popular Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has opened up concerning the attack on BBC reporters at his residence in Enugu.
According to the priest, the team of BBC reporters were attacked after they were suspected to be assassins.
African Examiner reports that two journalists, Chioma Obianinwa and Nnamdi Agbanelo, were reportedly attacked by Mbaka and some men at his residence concerning a “negative” reportage about the priest.
According to reports, the journalists had gone to the adoration ground with one Cajethan Obiekezie, a Catholic priest, to interview Mbaka on when the altercation happened.
However, Maximus Ugwuoke, a spokesman of Mbaka’s ministry, stated that the “estranged” Obiekezie “came with some persons with an unknown identity who were secretly recording the day’s ministry programme.”
Ugwuoke stated that the ministry’s security guards “accosted” the reporters after some time.
He continued: “We make haste to state that the report was a carefully crafted mendacious narrative calculated to tarnish the image of Fr Mbaka who in his amiable nature could not have done or directed any of those alleged acts of assault on the BBC team or anyone as alleged against him.
“An eye witness account of what happened reveals that one Fr Obiekeze (Cajetan) who estranged himself from the ministry and made a viral video with BBC recently abusing Fr Mbaka and his perceived romance with President Mohammadu Buhari, came to join Fr Mbaka at the altar during his last Wednesday’s weekly ministry programme.
“Unknown to anyone in the ministry, the said priest came with some persons with an unknown identity who were secretly recording the day’s ministry programme until they were accosted by the ministry security suspecting them to be assassins on a surveillance mission. The said ministry security seized the equipment of the strange fellows and sought to know their identities.
“Later in the evening after Fr Mbaka was through with the programme and retired to the parish house to continue his consultation with worshippers waiting to see him, altercations between the fellows and the security men at Fr Mbaka’s parish house drew Fr Mbaka’s attention to them and his timely intervention helped to save the situation.
“Fr Mbaka was surprised when the unknown fellows identified themselves as coming from BBC with Fr Obiekezie. Surprised by such obvious betrayal and stage-managed visit from a fellow priest, Fr Mbaka directed that every of their seized equipment be returned to them and made sure no one hurt either the priest or the unknown visitors he surreptitiously came with.”
He further disclosed that Mbaka did not invite the BBC team and was only told of their presence at the venue.
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