Mbaka accused of attacking BBC Journalists at his Compound for Adverse Report
Ejike Mbaka, widespread Catholic priest based mostly in Enugu state, has been accused of assaulting a workforce of BBC journalists who visited his residence for an interview on Wednesday.
The journalists – Chioma Obianinwa and Nnamdi Agbanelo – had been reportedly attacked by Mbaka and a few males at his residence over a “destructive” reportage concerning the priest.
The 2 journalists, accompanied by one Cajethan Obiekezie, additionally a Catholic priest, had been stated to have visited the AMEN prayer floor for a scheduled interview.
They, nevertheless, moved to his residence because the church service lasted longer than anticipated and whereas ready of their automobile, they had been reportedly surrounded by about 20 males.
The BBC quoted Obianinwa as saying the boys seized their tools and “threatened to kill them for writing ‘destructive reviews about Mbaka’.”
“Mbaka requested us to attend till the top of the programme for the interview. The boys exterior his home stated BBC Igbo writes destructive issues about Mbaka and began beating Nnamdi, Solomon and Ndubuisi,” the reporter stated.
“They gave them heavy blows on their heads and throughout their physique.”
Obiekezie, who had entered Mbaka’s home, got here out with the priest however the latter reportedly joined within the assault, describing Obianinwa as “satanic.”
“This fired up the boys to proceed the assaults as Father Mbaka continued shouting and abusing us. He requested his males to grab our telephones and cameras,” she was quoted to have stated.
“They stated they’d kill us and nothing would occur. They eliminated my wig and tried to strangle Nnamdi. Father Obiekezie was telling them to cease however they attacked him too and seized his cellphone.
“At this level, Father Mbaka requested us to go away earlier than his males killed us. He requested them to return our tools they usually chased us out of the compound. His males trailed us until we left the state to hunt medical assurance and police assist.”
Mbaka couldn’t be reached for feedback whereas there was no response to a message despatched to the Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), his church.