POLICE early yesterday morning arrested a Nigerian national accused of trying to plow into a crowd attending a Misa de Gallo in Dumaguete City.
Police Regional Office 7 director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas identified the suspect as Samuel Okeke, a 37-year-old Nigerian national staying at D-8 Mercy Compound in Lower Camanjac, Dumaguete City.
Okeke is being held at the Dumaguete City Police Station jail facing charges for violation of Sec. 4 (Crimes Against Religious Worship, Article 132 or Interruption of Religious Worship) of the Revised Penal Code.
Sinas said that around 5:15 a.m. yesterday, the Nigerian national, who was driving a Toyota Altis, entered the San Jose Street leading to the Mary Immaculate Church and tried to speed up through the huge crowd.
Mariel Lopez, 39, a San Miguel Foods finance analyst residing in Valencia, Negros Oriental, fell from her chair.
Witnesses said that the Nigerian appeared to be drunk when he and his companions Moises Jeawo Harawa, an American national, and fellow Nigerian Owoma Nwankwo, alighted from the vehicle.
Officers rushed to the scene after getting a call from concerned citizens and arrested the suspect. An arresting policeman, PO2 Allan Sugone, apprised the Nigerian of his constitutional rights before detaining him at the local police jail.
According to the local police, the suspect caused much alarm and disturbance during the religious proceedings while under the influence of liquor.