Youths arrested in Abuja church over Buhari-Must-Go shirt, slogans

Some youths have been arrested for wearing Buhari-must-go T-shirts to a Sunday service at the Dunamis Gospel Church Headquarters in Lugbe, Abuja, and chanting.

The youth were handed over to the Department of State Services, according to activist and former Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore.

He said, “Security men at the Dunamis Church have arrested activists wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts to their church service; church security later handed them over to DSS officials, who are currently torturing them. I thought Pastor Dr Paul Enenche was also preaching about justice! The five activists were driven away in a DSS Hilux van and two power bikes. Shame in the house of God.”

When our correspondent visited the Dunamis headquarters to confirm the incident, all attempts to speak with the church administrative body proved abortive as protocol officers claimed that the members were having meetings hence would not be able to talk about the issue at the moment.

However, a top church official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not permitted to speak on the issue, confirmed the incident.

He said “Those people sneaked into the church; I used the word sneaked, because the church was not aware of their intention, no department in the church knew anything.

“They even came out for the altar call and before you know it, we saw that they had Buhari-must-go T-shirts and they were recording people, making it seem as if the church planned the protest.

“We had to hand them over to security operatives, because we believe in three things. It is either they were sent in by agencies to make sure that the church is at loggerheads with the government or either make it seem like the church sponsored the protest.

“Third is even if they have a genuine protest, the church is not the right place to go. If there is a problem in the country, the duty of the church is to pray that God help our leaders. We have handed them over to the authorities for investigations.”

When our correspondent sought more answers, the Deputy Chief Security Officer of the Church, identified only as Mr John, called on policemen nearby to harass and arrest our correspondent.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, Mariam Yusuf, refused to comment on the issue. Also, the spokesman for the Department of State Services, Peter Afunaya, did not take his calls.

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