Coronavirus – Three clergymen arrested for holding Easter service in warri
The delta state police command have arrested three clergymen, on the 12th of April 2020, for holding easter Sunday service amid of Coronavirus pandemic.
Three pastors in Warri were arrested by the delta state police command on April 12 2020, for hosting an Easter Sunday services which had over 100 congregants. In a bid of covid-19 breakdown
The affected churches are: St James Anglican Church, Ojabugbe, All Saints Anglican Church, Airport Road and Christ For the World Mission, Daudu Street.
The three pastors who were arrested alongside 20 others people. However, they insisted that the easter Sunday services were not held to full capacity.
This is coming in spite of the ongoing lockdown across the state to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa accused the church leaders of exposing their members to possible danger following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. The Pastors who scorned the state government’s order, will be arraigned in court for noncompliance.
The social media had been filled with controversial directives attributed to the Delta state government that the “stay-at-home”order will be relaxed for Christian worshipers to mark the annual feast.
However, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on his verified twitter handle on Saturday eve, reemphasized the lockdown order when he disclosed that a third person at the state’s capital, Asaba, had tested positive for Coronavirus.
Okowa stated, “the confirmation of this third case further reinforces our call for social distancing and a lockdown. All Christians should worship at home tomorrow.”
The state commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu had also debunked rumored reports that the lockdown will be lifted for the Easter celebrations in churches.
“It is confirmed. Three pastors were arrested for assembling congregations of over 100 each, in fact, for exposing the lives of their congregations to danger. In spite of the lockdown directives given by the governments. As I speak with you, they are being detained.”
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