The Police in Ogun State, has sent strong warning to Bishop David Oyedepo, of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, as well as other Pastors, over their plans to reopen their Churches in the State.
Recall, that Bishop Oyedepo in a viral video, on Friday, said that he had declared Churches open, adding that, anybody against the reopening of Churches will die.
Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church is headquartered in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
In a veiled reference to Oyedepo, the Police stated that they have information that some Religious Leaders in Ogun State, are preparing to open their Religious Centres, for people to converge.
This, the Police said is in total disobedience to both the State and Federal Government directives.
A statement by the Ogun State Police Spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, appealed to such Religious Leaders to have a change of heart, saying that, “security Agencies in the State, will view the opening of worship Centres with all seriousness”.
Oyeyemi noted that the Police would not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the State and Federal Government to fight the coronavirus to a standstill, stressing that, “the ban on all forms of gatherings, be it social or religious, is still in force”.
The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of the Ogun State Police Command, that some Religious Leaders in the State, are preparing to open their various Religious Centres, 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, wishes 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.”