A 35-year-old ex-convict, Anietie Okon, was paraded by the Cross River State Police Command for attempting to a steal car battery two days after he finished serving his seven years jail term.
According to him, he wanted to raise money to buy items for cleansing as prescribed by a church prophet in Calabar.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said Okon was arrested on May 21 at about 9.45am for breaking into a workshop with the intention of stealing valuable properties.
Okon said, ‘
“I had no money on me. I went to the church for deliverance but the prophet asked me to go and buy some materials for cleansing. I did not have any money, so, I went to a mechanic workshop to see if I could get money.
“I sighted a battery and wanted to take it for sale but I was caught by security operatives. That was how I found myself in the police custody again. Please I beg for mercy, I will not do it again. I actually told the church that I had no money.”