The Christ Embassy Church, Uyo, on Monday, denied attacking members of the state COVID-19 Monitoring Team, asking the government to stop spreading falsehood.
The state government on Sunday sealed the church, alleging that the pastor and some members of the church assaulted and brutalised members of the monitoring team when they visited the church to monitor compliance.
But in a statement signed by one Pastor Kelvin Atang in Uyo, the church said, “It is unfortunate that the Akwa Ibom State Government has chosen to act based on tissues of lies and absolute falsehood.
“We are shocked that government has lend itself out as a willing tool to individuals and groups who see themselves as appendage of government and are all out to use mechineries of government to intimidate, oppress, harass and malign Christ Embassy Church in Akwa Ibom State for stating that the church is not and has never been a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
“To set the record straight, we totally debunk the fabricated stories making the rounds which the Akwa Ibom State Government acted on.
“The fact is that on Sunday the 21st day of June, 2020, we held our usual service which started by 8.30am and ended around 10.45am, adhering strictly to the guidelines as provided by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
“After the service, the congregants departed to their homes as directed by our pastor.”