Show of Shame: How Christ Embassy Pastors, Members Attack Covid-19 Taskforce

Christ Embassy church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been sealed.

The church was sealed by Akwa Ibom State Government on Sunday for allegedly flouting guidelines for reopening of churches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem announced the development in a statement on Sunday.

He expressed dismay at the action of the pastors and congregants who reportedly attacked members of the state COVID-19 monitoring team.

Ekuwem said, “Today, Sunday 21 June 2020, the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria Monitoring Team, while on a routine compliance/inspection visit to Christ Embassy Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch off Nsikak Eduok Avenue to enforce the guidelines and protocols adopted to prevent the community spread of the dreaded COVID-19, were obstructed, attacked and brutalised by the pastors and some members of the church.

In response to this act of lawlessness by the church and in order to avoid the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom State, the Christ Embassy Church building and premises are hereby sealed with immediate effect till further notice.

“The pastors and relevant members of the church will be made to face the wrath of the law.”

However, Christ Embassy, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, had earlier rejected the guidelines issued by the state government for reopening of churches.

The church described the guidelines as impracticable and unacceptable.

The church said CAN’s agreement with the government on the guidelines would not be binding on members of the church, adding that Christ Embassy is not a member of CAN.

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