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Ogun State Police deliver stern warning to Oyedepo over plans to reopen church

Due to the coronavirus pandemic which has continued to spread in Nigeria, lockdown measures had been put in place in the country. Though the lockdown in some heavily affected states had been lifted, social distancing is still being reiterated, and as such church gatherings have been mostly suspended in the country.

However, in a viral video, head of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo had 'declared the churches open, saying anyone who was against the reopening of churches would die'.

Now, the Ogun state have indirectly issued a warning to Oyedepo over plans to reopen His church.

In a statement which was indirectly targeted at Oyedepo, the Police said they have gotten information that some religious leaders in the state have plans to reopen their religious centres. This, they said, was in complete disobedience to the directives of both the federal and state government.

Police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said in a statement:

“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.”

Oyedepo's Living Faith Church has it's headquarters at Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.

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