COVID 19: Popular Ebonyi clergy, Dan Obinegbo, 10 others arrested, quarantined

By AdvocateNews on 28/06/2020

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Ebonyi State Commissioner for internal security, border peace and conflict resolution, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha has ordered the arrest of a popular Ebonyi clergy, Bishop Dan Obinegbo and 10 others for violating Covid-19 law of the state.

Bishop Obinegbo is the General Oversee of Christian Victory Prayer Ministry, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

The Commissioner also announced the sealing of the church for non – adherence to Covid-19 protocol and preventive measures.

Briefing journalist shortly after the arrest of the Bishop, Chief Emegha said that the State Governor few months back banned religious activities in the state adding that following pleas from the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Ebonyi State and other senior religious leaders, the Governor lifted the ban.

According to him; “because of the spread of coronavirus in the state and the state government determination to curb it, the Governor banned religious activities in the state and after several pleas from CAN and other religious leaders in the state, the Governor lifted the ban with conditions.

“One of the conditions is that service must begin and end between 8am to 12 noon as was agreed with the Christian bodies but regrettably, today, some neighbours alerted us that the General Overseer of Christian Victory Prayer Ministry was as at 2pm still conducting service.”

He said that he immediately moved to the church and on getting there, “it was observed that the clergy was still conducting service and when we wanted to inquire from him why he should disobey government directive, he insisted we must wait until he is through with his deliverance ministry before he will attend to us”.

The Commissioner stated that he had to order for his immediate arrest and the sealing of the church adding that in compliance to the COVID-19 protocol, “we had to take him to the Abakaliki township staduim where he has been quarantined for 14 days”

He said that after the 14 days, he would be prosecuted in line with the COVID law to serve as deterrent to others that would flout the state government directive. 

Posted 28/06/2020 8:11:19 PM

 

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