Lockdown: Worshippers flee as police arrest pastor, others

Worshippers  at the Christ Apostolic Church (Oke-Iyanu) on Hospital Road,  Ogijo, in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State on Sunday,  scampered  for safety as policemen  arrested  their pastor, Jonathan Olowonisile, and four others  during service.

The police were said to have arrested the associate pastor and three other members.

The action of the policemen was part of the moves to ensure compliance with the sit-at-home order by the government.

It was gathered that worshippers had congregated in the church to observe  the Easter Sunday service when policemen attached to the Ogijo division invaded  the church  and arrested the pastor while other  members took to their heels.

It was further gathered that the news of the arrest of the pastor and others forced other recalcitrant churches in the area  to abruptly  shut their doors.

One of the members of the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity said,  “What happened today is an indication that we have been under surveillance.

“Our pastor, the associate pastor and three other members were arrested.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the pastor was arrested for leading a congregation contrary to the order against high density gathering.

“Our men arrested one Pastor  Jonathan Olowonisile  today, (Sunday) for contravening the order against  high density gathering.”



– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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