On Sunday morning,three clerics of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Sapele Chapter, COVID-19 Task Force team in Sapele, Delta State, who were on routine check, to ensure churches adhere to social distancing in a bid to curb the spread of COVID 19, have been reportedly attacked by members of a church, located along Ugberikoko road in Sapele.
The incident occurred when the CAN Task Force Team on COVID 19 tried to enforce social distancing in
The Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Security matters, Comrade Ezekiel Daniel who was said to have waded into the issue could not be reached as at press time but a police source who craved anonymity confirmed that three members of the team were bruised with one sustaining an eye injury and are said to be hospitalized in an unknown hospital in the town.
A member of the task force team who identified himself as Pastor T said “In our effort to enforce the COVID-19 social distancing policy in Churches, the CAN task force team, who were going round to ensure churches adhere to the rule of social distancing, were attacked today by members of a church located along Ugberikoko road in Sapele and three of our Taskforce members were bruised and one badly injured.
The victim who is a respected church pastor, and an exco member of CAN, in Sapele is currently hospitalized as his head was pummeled by Church members who confronted the victim and his team members with violence for attempting to ensure social distancing in the service.”
Another source who said he was among the taskforce team said that “When we went to the Church to enforce the social distancing order, the Church members and workers reacted violently and got our people injured” The source who craved anonymity said in the midst of the violence, “the Pastor of the church was nowhere seen, I just think it’s deliberate. Our members sustained minor injuries while one was severely wounded in his eyes and he has been admitted in one of the clinic around”.