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Pastor arrested, church shut for violating social distance directive

Ademola Adeshina

The management of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, in Lagos State, has arrested the Pastor of Divine Glory Outreach International Church and his church shut over alleged violation of the state government’s directive on social distancing measures aimed at curtailing the Coronavirus pandemic.

The church, located at 1,Jolaosho Close, off Lewis Avenue, General Bus Stop, Ojokoro, had more than 20 members in its congregation at the early hours of Wednesday 25, 2020, contrary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directives on social distancing.

According to chairman of the council, Dr. Augustine Arogundade, a distress call by a Good Samaritan led to the arrest of the pastor and closure of the church.

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According to Arogundade, “Despite the warnings to the churches not to congregate more than 20 people in a church, Pastor Benjamin Eze of the above church, at early hours of 8:00am, congregated a large audience in his church.

“A distress call by good Samaritan led to the arrest and closure of the Church,” he said.

The council chair, however, appealed to residents in the locality to abide by state government’s directives to solve the Coronavirus problem.

He continued, “Please stay at home for two weeks. Postpone all engagements, events and parties until after the control. Increase personal and environmental hygiene.”