Catholics seminarians mistaken for Boko Haram members in Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday debunked rumours of the arrest of some members of Boko Haram sect in the state.

Some residents of Akute in Ifo local government area had put a distress call to the police on sighting strange faces in their communities.

The men were bearded and wearing white robes. They were later discovered to be Catholic seminarians visiting a friend in the community.

“The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a rumour being widely circulated that the command has arrested some members of the Boko Haram Sect in Akute area of Ogun State,” the police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement.

“The Command wishes to debunk the rumour and set the records straight that those seen and challenged by members of the public at Akute area were actually students of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Seminary School, Sagamu, Ogun State who came on a visit to a friend at Kayode Afolabi Close, Mubarak Estate Akute, Ogun State, before a distress call was put across to the Divisional Police Officer in Charge of Ajuwon Division.”

He said the men were taken to the Police Divisional Office for interrogation where their identities were confirmed.

“The leaders and representatives of the said seminary school in Sagamu and the Catholic priest in Akute as well as the host of the students have come to the Police Division in Ajuwon to identify them as their Catholic members who are actually on training in the school in Sagamu,” Mr. Adejobi said.

“The information being peddled around is not true and the command therefore appeals to the general public to always clarify issues before spreading wrong and unconfirmed information via all available means, particularly sensitive issues on security.”


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  • ifebuche

    Catholic seminarians as a rule don’t wear beards. You need a doctor’s permit or other serious reasons to keep one. Premium Times!

    • Truth

      YOU ARE WRONG. SOME DO. THOSE WHO BELONG TO THE GROUP NAMED ABOVE OR THE CAPUCHINS. IN FACT, FOR THOSE, KEEPING BEARD IS PART OF THEIR WEAR, SO TO SAY. SAINT PADRE PIO, IF YOU RECALL HIS PICTURES, WAS ALWAYS KERPING HIS BEARD IN LINE WITH THIS TRADITION. HE WAS A CAPUCHIN.

      • ifebuche

        Your some is captured in what I said. Catholic clergy DO NOT wear beard. It is a rule. I am a product of the system. What other proof do you need? Whats wrong with you facing facts? Or you love guessing so far as it suits your line of thought?

        • Nkechi

          nkechi

        • Wähala

          Claiming that you’re a “product of the system” is no proof you’re actually from the system…
          You’re a mad man clowning for attention. Just watch any Sunday Mass at the Vatican and count how many priests wear beards… what’s wrong with you, sky high or what? My parish priest wears bier-bier and he’s not the first to sport a look. Again, you’re flawed!

          • solomon

            WAHALA so you are a Christian and you support TINUBU the outcast always, God hates you and your generations

          • Wähala

            I’m apolitical, if you have anything against anybody count me out. If legitimately Tinubu is faulted on any issue I will take a critical look at the edict before contesting it with anyone. I vehemently supported Baba Iyabo after his bombing letter, ardently stood behind Sanusi after his bombing revelations… and Dr. NOI remains my favorite technocrat no one dares fault spuriously around me. Get my drift? I’m on the grey line on every issue ready to call it down the middle… if you know what I mean!

          • solomon

            You might be right but TINUBU has no truth that you said matters to you.

          • Wähala

            In what capacity are you making that assertion… are you a prophet? Read his rebuttal to Tom Ikimi and see a slew of truths in it, never cast the stone if you’re not sure it won’t ricochet and hit you back!One truth Tinubu said to Fashola is, “without ojoro, you won’t be governor” in Nigeria – true or false?

          • Maria

            Hahahahahahahahahahaha! See a moron…So because he is a Christian he should not support Tinubu?…. all your plans to use religion to advance the course of your mumu president has failed… I just wonder if you so loath the moslems, how come Jonathan’s administration is so full of them?…. Even his deputy is one… and now he is fighting hard to seek their support because without moslem votes he is finished… Stop exposing yourself as a moron.

        • Maria

          What is the difference between catholic clergy and seminarians?

          • Wähala

            You have to go thru the seminary to be ordained a clergy… takes a minimum of 12yrs! All Catholic Seminaries are affiliated with a university so you actually come out with a university degree as well as your “clergy credentials” – so to say, a seminarian is an “apprentice priest”. Unlike going to Ikeja Bible college and being made a born-again Pastor, in Catholicism, going to seminary does not guarantee you will be ordained a priest, one ‘piam’ and you’re thrown out of the window… kapisch? German:(understood?)

          • ifebuche

            A seminarian is still a layman. The clergy are not. Is that clear enough?

    • Wähala

      You’re a godarm liar!
      if you spent 13yrs in the Seminary system you would be a priest amd not an e-rat. Monks wear beards, and there is no law in the seminary system that bars beards. Thief. That’s how the devil claims what he’s not… Doctor’s permit to wear a beard ko, Papal permit ni. Oloshi!

  • Max

    How can you blame ogun state people for not knowing priest from Boko haram…na only ifa prest them know very well and no wonder why ritualist full that state as if say tomorrow no dey.

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  • assinakonfudi

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