The COVID-19 lockdown enforcement team in Abuja has disclosed how the presiding Pastor of Shekinah Glory Church, Jabi, Abuja, alongside his deacons, scaled the fence of the Church to evade arrest.
Chairman of the team, Ikharo Attah, told reporters on Sunday that he got reports about the church holding their service without adherence to the social distancing directive, and he immediately mobilised his team to the area.
He stated that this was a clear contravention of the ban on religious gatherings in Abuja.
He said “the pastor and deacons on sighting the team, jumped the fence and disappeared.”
However, some of the church members, especially the womenfolk who could not scale the fence, were arrested and arraigned before the court.
The women were charged to court and the church closed indefinitely .
According to him, the Magistrate found the church workers guilty of violating the lockdown restriction order and sentenced them to three hours of supervised community service with an option of N1, 000 fine.
He added that the fleeing Pastor and Ministers must be made to face the law for disobeying government’s orders and endangering the lives of his members.
Attah added that a search for the fleeing cleric had begun, saying he must be made to face the law for disobeying the government’s directives and endangering the lives of his members.