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5 Clergymen Arrested in Killing of Fellow Minister

December 23, 1985

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ Five Nigerian Methodist clergymen have been arrested in connection with the killing of a fellow minister, police said Monday.

The Rev. Samuel Bamgbose, minister of the Methodist church in Oshodi parish near Lagos, was shot to death at the church Friday.

Police said gunmen pounced on Bamgbose and shot him at close range. The assassins also stole his briefcase containing documents.

A police report said the Methodist of Church of Nigeria has been embroiled in a long-time internal dispute.

Bamgbose had just returned from a reconciliation meeting when he was assassinated.

The five clergymen were arrested by Lagos police, who gave no further details.

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