Covid-19: Defiant Pastor arrested in Abuja for organising Sunday service

The Federal Capital Territory Authority has confirmed the arrest of General Overseer of Jesus Reign Family Church, Apo, Pastor Uden on Sunday March 29, for disobeying orders that prohibits all forms of religious gatherings as an effort to curb the spread of Convic-19 epidemic in Abuja.

Pastor Uden was arrested by an enforcement team led by the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Authority, Ikharo Attah, for holding Sunday service despite the ban on public gatherings.

FCTA while announcing Uden’s arrest via their official twitter handle, wrote;

FCTA Enforcement Team arrests self-styled General Overseer of Jesus Reign Family church, Apo, Pastor U Uden for violating ban on places on worship.

Despite the presence of the team he continued the service while the team waited to avoid confrontation. He was arrested thereafter

Speaking during the arrest, FCTA Chairman told the Pastor;

“You have violated and you have broken the rules. And you have done what is not appropriate. On Friday, we shut down some mosques at Kubwa. Today, we went around and said there should not be gatherings and we understand clearly well that you understand the holy books clearly well.

“When the Messiah Jesus was asked question by the Pharisees about Czar. He said to them to give what belongs to Czar to Czar. And when Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of God that abided in Rome in Romans 13:1-2, he told them to be subject to all authority for they are being ordained by God. I know you understand that very clearly.

“We said people should sit down and stay at home. And if they sit at home, whatever prayer they want to offer can be offered. That means that our prayers can be heard anywhere.”

“What you are doing is a contravention. It is a breach of the rule. And as a people under God living and enforcing the law for such a time as this, we will do what is appropriate. You will come with us for explanations,” he said

Watch a video of Pastor Uden’s arrest below;

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