10 Pastors arrested in Akwa Ibom State for holding church services amid Coronavirus outbreak
In a bid to uphold the stay at home order of Governor Emmanuel Udom after Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the state, Operatives of Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested 10 pastors for holding church services in the state.
It was learnt that some churches in Eket defied the directive of the state government and held services today despite the instruction of the state’s chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) not to hold services.
According to report, the Eket branch pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church and a pastor of the United African Evangelical church were among those arrested Sunday morning by police offcers from Eket Divisional police headquarters.
They were spotted seated on a long bench with their Bibles, alongside other Pastors.
Reacting to the development, the Divisional Police officer, Mr Sunday Diggah disclosed that the Pastors may be prosecuted for violating the State Government’s stay-at-home order.
He also disclosed that they have impounded many cars while enforcing the order. He said the cars will be released to their owners after the two weeks movement restriction order.
Akwa Ibom state has recorded 5 cases of Coronavirus since the outbreak of the disease in the country.