Two pastors and 34 more people were remanded on Monday in Taraba State capital, Jalingo, before the Chief Magistrates’ Court over the alleged theft, obstruction to lawful arrest and assault.
According to the prosecution, the accused, Abinitus Akila and Hassan Umar, assaulted one Thomas Bakawa on March 23. The victim, who became a newly posted pastor of the church, was said to have sustained severe injuries on his head after the attack.
Bakawa’s handset, valued at N25, 000, was reportedly stolen by the group.
The prosecutor also revealed that when the two pastors were already under arrest, 34 other accused people stormed the state police headquarters and attempted to forcefully release them.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty. The case was adjourned till April 8.