No fewer than five churches were forcefully closedown on Sunday in Akure the state capital for defiling government’s stay at home directive.
This part of the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Senior Special assistant to the Governor on Special duties and strategies, Dr Doyin Odebowale who Led Special task force of the government to enforce the closure order frowned at the noncompliance attitude by the faithful.
Some of the churches shut by the taskforce were: Christ Apostolic church, Oke-Lisa, TAJEM Irese, Assemblies of God church, Olufoam and Gospel church ministry, Irese road.
Service were interrupted by the special task force team as worshippers took to hiding for fear of being arrested.
One of the churches raided was locked from outside, only for the task force team to force the door open an meet worshippers inside.
Luck ran out on the pastor of the church who while trying to escape through the fence, was caught by men of the task force team.
Odebowale vowed that the defaulters will be prosecuted, saying, “The action of the defaulting churches is against the advice of the leadership of the Christian association of Nigeria that Christians should celebrate the Easter Sunday at home as a way of preventing community spread of the Covid 19 with two cases already recorded in the state”.