Christ Embassy take Akwa Ibom State government, to court over arrest of their pastor.
It is blatant illegality for the Akwa Ibom State Government to shut or close a place of worship arbitrarily because of alleged non-compliance with the directives of the state government on preventing or minimising the spread of COVID-19. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
I do not support lawlessness and religious fanaticism, but we should not accept tyrannical or abusive exercise of governmental powers.
I cannot in all honesty support the purported forceful closure of the Christ Embassy Church building in Uyo today by the government following the reported altercation or disagreement that ensued between members of the Church and the monitoring committee of the government. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
If the government was denied access into the Church as alleged, how did the government reach the conclusion that the Church actually flouted the social distancing directives during today's service?
Are members of the monitoring committee members of the Church? If the answer is no, do they have the legal authority to demand access into the Church?
Is the Church under an established legal obligation to cooperate with the monitoring committee? View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Since Christ Embassy as a Church is not a member of the CAN or it's affiliates, is the 'gentleman agreement' between the government and CAN binding on them?
To what extent can the government regulate the fundamental right to freedom of worship guaranteed by Section 38 of the Constitution?
Under what authority was the said monitoring committee acting?
Was Christ Embassy given a fair hearing before the decision was taken? Are they not entitled to be heard?