A Nigerian pastor has been arrested after carrying an unloaded AK47 while preaching at his church.
The House on the Rock Abuja Church said in a statement that the pastor had been preaching about faith.
“Pastor Uche Aigbe, in a message about fighting the good fight with spiritual weapons, carried an unloaded gun to illustrate his message on ‘Guarding your Faith.’
Aigbe has been a leader at the House on the Rock since 1999 and has demonstrated “exemplary leadership,” according to the statement.
“However, he realises that even with the best of intentions, carrying a gun to illustrate his message was ill-advised and regrettable.
“Without hesitation, Pastor Uche has acknowledged the gravity of his actions and apologises unreservedly for them.”
The church stated that it condemns all forms of violence. The church went on to say that they were fully cooperating with authorities as they conducted their investigation into the incident.
“We will continue to engage internally to ensure this break in protocol does not happen again.”
According to their social media pages, the church has a congregation of at least 7000 people on a Sunday service.