BBC just reported how popular Nigerian catholic priest, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, and some of his church members, attacked their reporters on Wednesday evening in Enugu.
According to BBC, the journalists, Chioma Obianinwa, Nnamdi Agbanelo and their driver, Ndubuisi Nwafor, were with another Catholic Priest Rev Cajethan Obiekezie, and his assistant, Solomon Orakam.
Rev Obiekezie, who arranged the interview lead the BBC team to Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry around 10am, but the interview could not hold immediately as Father Mbaka was preaching.
And because Father Mbaka was busy, Rev Obiekezie led the BBC team to his house after the church service for the interview around 5pm.
When Mbaka got home, the journalists waited in the car while Obiekezie went inside to discuss with Father Mbaka.
They reported that suddenly, about 20 men surrounded the journalists in the car. And according to Obianinwa, the men seized their equipment and threatened to kill them for writing “negative reports about Mbaka.”
Obianinwa said, “Mbaka asked us to wait until the end of the church programme for the interview. But the men outside his house said BBC has been writing negative things about Mbaka and started beating Nnamdi, Solomon and Ndubuisi.
Obianinwa further said that Mbaka and Obiekezie came out of the house on hearing the noise and Mbaka faced her and start shaking his fingers in her face, calling her “satanic.”
“This gave the men the moral to continue the attacks as Father Mbaka continued to shout and abuse us. He asked the men to seize our phones and cameras. They said they will kill us and nothing will happen. They removed my wig and tried to strangle Nnamdi. Rev Obiekezie kept pleading with them to stop but they attacked him too and seized his phone,” she said.
Obianinwa said the attacks only stopped when she started shouting “the world will know that they died in Father Mbaka’s house.”
“At this point, Rev Mbaka asked us to leave before his men kill us. He asked them to return our equipment and they chased us out of the compound. His men followed us until we left the state to seek medical assurance and police help,” she said.