The Police Force in Ogun State have imposed the rays of warnings on the presiding pastor Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, other individuals over the social distancing order.
It was reported that the Cleric, Bishop Oyedepo, in a video, on Friday, claimed that he had declared churches open, as he said anyone against the reopening of churches will die.
However, in a veiled reference to the Living faith Presiding pastor, the Police force have noted that they are aware that some religious leaders in the state are planning to open their religious centres for people to converge.
The Police reaction is geared against the refusal of some parts of the public refusal to the social distancing order,both the state and federal government directives.
In a statement by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State Police Spokesperson, the Police appealed to such religious leaders to have a change of heart, saying “security agencies in the state will view the opening of worship centres with all seriousness.”
The Police Spokesperson claimed that the police would not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to combat COVID-19 to a standstill, stressing that “the ban on all forms of gathering be it social or religious is still in force.”
“It has come to the notice of Ogun State Police Command that some religious leaders in the state are preparing to open their various religious centers for people to converge in total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives.
“The command hereby appeals to such religious leaders in both Islamic and Christian faith who may be having such intention to have a change of mind because the security agencies in the state will view such with all seriousness.
“The command will not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight the COVID 19 pandemic to a standstill.
“The commissioner of police, therefore, wish to use this medium to remind all religious leaders that the ban on all forms of gathering; be it social or religious is still in force. He also admonished all and sundry to cooperate with the government in its efforts to make the state coronavirus-free.”