Akwa Ibom state authorities on Sunday, shutdown a branch of Christ Embassy church for violating COVID-19 Protocols on Social gatherings.
A statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to State Government & Chairman of COVID-19 Management Committee, said the church was sealed after some of its pastors and members attacked the government’s COVID-19 protocol compliance team.
“Today, Sunday 21 June 2020, the Akwa Ibom State Government and Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) Monitoring Team, while on a routine compliance/inspection visit to the Christ Embassy Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch, State House of Assembly Road, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue to enforce the Akwa Ibom State government/Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)/World Health Organisation (WHO)/Christian Association( CAN) Guidelines and Protocols adopted to prevent community spreading of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in Akwa Ibom State, were obstructed, attacked and brutalized by the Pastors and some members of the church.”
“In response to this act of lawlessness by that 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 up with immediate effect till further notice.”
“The suspected Pastors and relevant members of the church will be made to face the wrath of the law.” the statement read.