People were stunned when 35-year-old Corporal Christian Oboko, attached to Rivers State Police Command, was arrested for armed robbery. The shock was because Oboko was not just an ordinary policeman, he was a resident Pastor of Battle Axe Assembly Church, located at the Chuba Allo area of Port Harcourt.
He started his armed robbery career using two pistols his police team recovered from suspected robbers. He was known for always mounting the pulpit to preach about salvation and hell fire. He was also known for preaching to his colleagues at the slightest opportunity.
In an interview with newsmen, he said: “I don’t know what came over me. I’m the resident Pastor of Battle Axe Assembly Church, located at the Chuba Allo area of Port Harcourt. I have the calling from God to be a pastor. I don’t know what made me join this evil business of robbery.
I know this business is evil and shouldn’t have joined but I could not resist the temptation." His double life was blown open after one of his gang members, John Paul Amandi, 27, was arrested. A police source said: “Oboko provided guns for the gang.
Whenever the gang was moving stolen vehicles through interstate, he would go with them to ensure no security agents would disturb them on the road. Whenever any of the gang members were arrested, Oboko would get them bailed using police influence and lies.
Amandi’s confessions aided the police in arresting Oboko.” Oboko, who joined the force in 2003 said he was living at the police barracks on Iche Street, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, while ‘moonlighting’ as a robber.