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10 Pastors arrested for holding service despite Government order

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10 Pastors have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police command on Sunday for holding church services in disobedience of the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

Governor Emmanuel Udom had declared that all gatherings be put on hold to halt the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

Though the state’s chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) instructed churches not to hold services, some Churches in Eket defied the directive and held services today.

Akwa Ibom state has recorded 5 cases of Coronavirus, since the outbreak of the disease in the country.

The Nation reported that the Eket branch pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church and a pastor of the United African Evangelical church, were among those arrested Sunday morning by police offcers from Eket Divisional police headquarters.

The duo alongside many other clergymen were spotted being held in detention for flouting the rules.

The Divisional Police officer, Mr Sunday Diggah who disclosed that the Pastors may be prosecuted for violating the State Government’s stay-at-home order, also disclosed that they have impounded many cars while enforcing the order.

He said the cars will be released to their owners after the two weeks movement restriction order.

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