Worshippers of defiant churches in Ogun state who flouted the government’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people were on Sunday dispersed by a Task force set up by the state government.
The Task force, led by CSP Toyin Afolaogun stormed churches in Abeokuta, the state capital to enforce compliance of the ban. The team equally disrupted and dispersed worshippers in some of the churches that flouted the directive.
Some of the churches affected are Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Quarry Road and St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ibara, both in Abeokuta, the state capital.
When the Task force stormed the Winners Chapel at about 6:30am, hundreds of worshippers who had assembled preparatory to early morning service, were dispersed.
The worshippers were given marching order to hold service only if they comply with the directive, limiting number of worshippers to 50.
When the task force visited St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ibara, Abeokuta, while early morning mass was in progress the team demanded to count the number of worshippers in the church.
Although, the worshippers adhered to the required metre of distancing in the church, but after counting the worshippers, CSP Afolaogun dispersed them for exceeding 50 and ordered re-assembling in compliance with the directive of the government.
However, many churches equally visited in Abeokuta, were under lock and key.
For instance, the Celestial Church of Christ, Ibara, conspicuously displayed a notice at the Church’s gate, suspending the service indefinitely.
The notice reads “In compliance with the state government’s directives on Coronavirus, church members and visitors are hereby advised to stay away from the church premises until further notice. Please, pray at home.”
CSP Afolaogun while speaking to journalists after the enforcement exercise, said, “So far, so good. We have recorded about 80 percent compliance. The church that did not comply, we politely told them to comply accordingly. We politely told them to leave and re – assemble themselves.
“Anybody who fails to comply with directives of Governor Dapo Abiodun, for sure, will face the wrath of the law. We want to appeal to the general public to comply with the directives of the state government. Every directive should be complied with.”
When asked on the number of arrest made, he said “So far, there is no arrest.”