COVID -19: FCTA shuts down 14 churches, arrests clerics

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


No fewer than 14 churches have been shut down today and a good number of pastors arrested by the enforcement team in compliance with COVID-19 directives from the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello.

Leader of the team, Mr Ikharo Attah disclosed this shortly after arresting General Overseer, Jesus Reign Family church located at Apo, Pastor U Uden for violating ban on places of worship.

The church, located near the popular Cedacrest hospital was in full service when the team arrived.

However, members of the ministerial task team waited for the pastor to conclude the worship before approaching him to explain his wrongs and thereafter arresting him, where he was immediately taken to the FCT police command at Garki and handed over to policemen on duty.

The team also dispersed worshippers at the Christ Embassy church located at Jahi district of the FCT, where the team also waited for the pastor finish preaching while the team waited to avoid confrontation.

He was thereafter arrested and taken to the FCT police command headquarters at Garki.

The team also shutdown the Popular H-Medix pharmacy located close to the popular Amigo supermarket at Wuse 2 district of the FCT following complaints received at the FCT COVID-19 Situation Room that the pharmacy does not have short-gun thermometer and required items to ensure the safety of customers and staff.