As many rejoice for the resurrection of Jesus in this Easter season, the Nigerian Police has arrested 3 pastors that defiled lockdown order.
|Covid-19: Pastors arrested for holding Easter service in Warri|
Despite the lockdown order in some states by the government and social distancing order, being the season of Easter, it is worth celebrating. But should we defile the government’s orders at the detriment of coronavirus spread?
Today, the Nigerian Police force, Warri command has announced the arrest of three pastors for holding Easter service with over one hundred congregants in Warri, Delta State.
The churches arraigned were St James Anglican Church, Ojabugbe, All Saints Anglican Church, Airport Road and Christ For the World Mission, Daudu Street, all in Warri.
However, the pastors whose names are withheld said their services were not help to full capacity. Alongside the pastors were 20 persons that were arrested.
ACP Mohammed Garba, who led the team of policemen blamed the pastors for flouting government order, assuring that they will be charged to court for noncompliance.
Also, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, who also confirmed the development expressed disappointment over the conduct of the church heads, for exposing their members to possible danger.
He said, “it is confirmed. Three pastors were arrested for assembling congregations of over 100 each, in fact, for exposing the lives of their congregations to danger. In spite of the lockdown directives given by the governments. As I speak with you, they are being detained.”
However, the Governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa had taken to his verified Twitter handle on Saturday eve to reemphasized the lockdown order when he disclosed that a third person at the state’s capital, Asaba, had tested positive for Coronavirus.
The lockdown and social distancing orders are focused to eliminating the virus by preventing physical contacts which is the major means of transmitting the virus.