JUST IN: Anambra billionaire found with gun speaks on arrest

A prominent Anambra businessman, Chief Pius Nweke, who was recently arrested over alleged possession of an unlicensed gun has been released.

Nweke, who is the owner of Best Aluminum Group, has also promised to forgive his detractors who were behind his arrest.

Recall that Nweke was arrested by the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Section (STS) team on June 5 at about 12pm in Awada Street, Onitsha.

According to the State Police Command, the businessman was driving a Lexus SUV when he was stopped by the police. However, an automatic pistol was found in his possession with 10 rounds of ammunition in it.

It was learned that Nweke told the policemen that the pistol found with him was officially approved many years ago by the Presidency and IGP and insisted on verification and confirmation.

Not satisfied with his explanation, the detectives quickly moved him to Abuja where he was subjected to hours of interrogation in spite of the fact that his claims were verified and found to be true. He was later released unconditionally.

However, reacting to his arrest in a statement on Wednesday,  Nweke said that he was released unconditionally, adding that God has a reason for his arrest.

He said: “I thank God for everything that happened to me, God has a reason for allowing it to happen and I cannot question God, my maker for allowing me pass through such experience.

“I want to use this medium to thank the Archbishops, Bishops, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Sisters, Evangelists, Pastors, and other anointed men of God who kept in touch with me while I was in detention, and for their prayers to God for my sake; I am most grateful.

"To my good and steadfast brothers and sisters from Abba community, I cannot thank you less; you have been my backbone and strength. For all your prayers and resilience in the face of trials and tribulations, may God continue to guide, protect and bless you as we continue this journey to achieve justice for our community.

“My gratitude also goes out to some present and past State Governors in Nigeria who showed their solidarity with me through calls and visitation; I say thank you. Not forgetting past and present Senators, Federal House of Representatives members, Ministers and other top politicians who constantly kept in touch with me and made sure that all the grey areas surrounding my travail were sorted out; I cannot thank you enough.

“I cannot thank less my friends within the Nigerian Police Force, both serving and retired, to my serving and retired military friends, who kept faith with me and stood by me within the cause of my trying moment. May God bless you for being true friends and supporters. I was also overwhelmed by the show of love and solidarity from prominent Igbo sons and daughters both within and outside the country, even some none Igbos who have never met me before, but chose to stand by me to see that justice is done, I say thanks to you all; I am highly indebted to you for your show of love.

“To all those who must have wronged me in one way or the other, I have forgiven you, and to those who I must have wronged, I ask for your forgiveness. May God bless and guide us all; and may he pay us according to our deeds and actions.

"This is a sober remark from a heart filled with gratitude and believes in the God of justice and love, who will always guide and protect his children here on earth, and also pay every man and woman according to his actions and deeds.”

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