• Police bomb unit sent to the parish;
• Archbishop Martins direct priests to beef up security
An Online Anonymous Group on Friday threatened to bomb Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Ilupeju, Lagos.
It has been reported that the Catholic Church was listed among targeted places in Lagos to bomb by the unknown group.
The development generated panic among parishioners, who hurriedly left the Church compound.
Daily Sun reported that the Special Bomb Disposable Unit have been drafted to the Catholic Church.
On arrival, the bomb unit combed the entire Church compound while other security personnel kept watch over the Church.
The Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, who confirmed the bomb threat, said the police have been informed of the threat.
Godonu said the bomb threat was seen in an online Anonymous Group and Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Illupeju was listed.
Godonu revealed that Archbishop Martins has sent urgent memo to parish priests to immediately take precautionary measures. He said parishioners/visitors would be screened on Sunday and regularly for safety sake.
He said: “There is an online media called Anonymous Group. One of our parishes was mentioned as target for bombing. We had to report to the Lagos State Police Command.
“The Archbishop has been informed about the threat. He has directed all the parish priests to tighten security in their various Churches. We have to engage the police because it is there duty to handle such threat.”
The director of social communications said he doesn’t know why the sudden focus on Catholic Churches by the unknown gang.