Pastor arrested for holding church service despite ban on social gatherings in Abuja
The FCTA banned all public gatherings to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Abuja which has the second largest number of cases of Coronavirus after Lagos.
General Overseer of Jesus Reign Family Church, Apo, Pastor U Uden, has been arrested by an enforcement team led by the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Authority, FCTA Ikharo Attah, for holding a Sunday service despite the ban on social/public gatherings.
Speaking during the arrest, Attah told the erring 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