The Akwa Ibom State Government has sealed off the premises of the Christ Embassy Church, Uyo, for allgedly flouting guidelines for reopening of churches in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who announced the sealing of the church premises in a statement on Sunday, expressed dismay at the action of the pastors and members who reportedly attacked members of the COVID-19 monitoring team that visited the church to monitor compliance.
“In response to this act of lawlessness by that 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 up with immediate effect till further notice.
“The pastors and relevant members of the church will be made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.
It was reported that trouble stated when the monitoring team, led by Prince Enobong Uwah, a former commissioner, arrived on the premises of the church around 11.am having gone around six other churches in the metropolis.
It was gathered that the team was prevented from entering the premises by the pastors and members who locked the gate.