Founder of Living Faith Ministries, Bishop David Oyedepo, may be heading for a collision course with government after holding services in his church’s Cannanland in Ota, Ogun State on Sunday, in defiance of a directive by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Abiodun had on Thursday placed a ban on public gatherings of more than 50 persons.
This prompted the Christian Association of Nigeria to advise churches to hold online services or direct their members to meet in small groups at their house fellowships on Sunday.
Contacted for comments on the development, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Ebrimson, told Metrostarng on the telephone that Oyedepo’s action came as a rude shock to government and security agencies in the state.
He said the police had reached out to Oyedepo over the matter.
“We’ve reached out to him (Oyedepo). I’ve directed the area commander to ensure that he (Oyedepo) keeps to the government’s order.”
Meanwhile, members of Victorious Army of God Ministries on Acme Road, Agidingbi, Lagos on Sunday allegedly attacked a team of policemen led by DCP Olatunji Disu during an enforcement visit to the church.
When the team arrived at the church, it’s gates were locked while officials scrambled to inform members about the development.
When the gates were eventually opened, some officials of the church allegedly attacked policemen who were recording the scene and seized two telephones from them.
They also allegedly assaulted a reporter with TVC, Ivy Kanu, and also seized her phone.
Disu managed to calm the situation down and ensured the discontinuation of the service.
The church later returned only one of the phones while efforts were being made by the police to recover the rest.
The police also shut two churches at Sawmill in Gbagada, Lagos and àrrested their pastors.