The police have sent a strong warning message to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) over alleged plan to reopen his church and other religious leaders planning to do same.
CANDIIDONLINE recalls that Bishop Oyedepo, in a viral video had said he had declared churches open adding that anybody against the reopening of churches will die.
In response to Oyedepo and other religious leaders who intended to flout the church closure order, the police hinted that they have information that some religious leaders in Ogun are preparing to open their religious centres for people to converge and would not hesitate to prosecute anybody found wanting.
The police described the act as total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives to stop all form of gathering and maintenance of social distancing due to the spread of Corona Virus in the country.
A statement signed by Ogun State Police Command’s Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, appealed to such religious leaders to have a change of heart, saying ”security agencies in the state will view the opening of worship centres with all seriousness.”
Oyeyemi said the police would not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight Coronavirus to a standstill, stressing that “the ban on all forms of gathering be it social or religious is still in force.”
”It has come to the notice of Ogun State Police Command that some religious leaders in the state are preparing to open their various religious centers for people to converge in total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives.
“The command hereby appeals to such religious leaders in both Islamic and Christian faith who may be having such intention to have a change of mind because the security agencies in the state will view such with all seriousness.
‘The command will not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight the COVlD 19 pandemic to a standstill.” He said.
Meanwhile, Bishop Oyedepo had through his spokesman, Pastor Sheriff Folarin, said he never asked anyone to reopen churches on Sunday.
”Papa didn’t ask that the churches be reopened. He was probably misquoted out of a prayer point while making his speech,” the spokesman said.