A Christ Embassy church in Uyo has reportedly been shut down by the state government for flouting guidelines for reopening of churches in the state.
This was revealed on Sunday by Mr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government,
He was displeased at the action of the pastors and congregants who reportedly attacked members of the State COVID-19 monitoring team.
Ekuwem said, “Today, Sunday 21 June 2020, the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria Monitoring Team, while on a routine compliance/inspection visit to Christ Embassy Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch off Nsikak Eduok Avenue to enforce the guidelines and protocols adopted to prevent the community spread of the dreaded COVID-19, were obstructed, attacked and brutalised by the pastors and some members of the church.
“In response to this act of lawlessness by the church and in order to avoid the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom State, the Christ Embassy Church building and premises are hereby sealed with immediate effect till further notice.
“The pastors and relevant members of the church will be made to face the wrath of the law.”