The state government has shut down and sealed off a church, Chapel of Answers Ministry on the violation of COVID-19 directives as outlined by the government.
The Chairman, Abia State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, and Secretary to the State Government, Bar. Chris Ezem led his team to shut the church and the committee also arrested for prosecution, the Presiding Pastor of the church which is situated Jubilee Road in Aba.
While speaking to newsmen in Aba, Bar. Chris Ezem described the attitude of the church as a very dangerous one as it endangers the health status of the church members as COVID-19 is no respecter of anyone.
He wondered why people find it difficult to obey government directives to stay safe. Noting that all the government is doing is to ensure the people stay alive healthy and safe.
Ezem further described as alarming, the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in Aba warning that the state government will no longer tolerate any breach of COVID-19 protocols.
“Why would this church be going against the directives against mid-week service?
“The lives of Abians are important to the state government and I am ordering that the pastor be prosecuted for violating government directives”.
“We are not doing anything that is out of place. Government directives and protocols of religious worship are very explicit. Government directives are that religious worshippers can worship on Sundays; 50 persons per stream, and observe social distance and other protocols”, he said.
“We made it clear that there should be no mid-week activities. Lagos State just withdrew from the opening of churches and Mosques because of the events that are unfolding.
“We can’t start risking the lives of Abians. The government is making every effort to ensure that people are safe. Our numbers (of COVID-19 infected persons) are increasing by the day and it should worry you. We have to be alive to continue to worship.