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General News of Monday, 23 March 2020


Pastor arrested for organizing church service at Nkawkaw

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The Nkawkaw District Police Command in the Eastern region has arrested a pastor at Amanfrom a suburb of Nkawkaw for holding Church Service on Sunday.

The Pastor of Kingdom of God Church, Pastor John Jeremiah Addo,40, was arrested after a sub-Chief of the community Nana Mireku Asumeng reported him to the Police.

The day Patrol team from Nkawkaw quickly stormed the Church where the Pastor was seen holding service with 50 congregants. He was arrested whilst Congregants were dispersed.

During interrogation, the Pastor told Police he did not understand why the government has closed down Churches but allows traders to sell at the market.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, confirmed the arrest adding that the suspect has since been detained assisting investigation on Charges of unlawful Assembly and Offensive Conduct to the breach of Peace.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, a Prayer Camp was shut down by the Akuapem South District Security Council (DISEC) in the Eastern region for flouting President Akufo Addo’s directives on the suspension of Church activities.

The founder of the Prayer Camp – The Break of Mountains Prayer Camp located at Pokrom community near Aburi, Prophetess Veronica Okai, was arrested alongside his Church Elder.

Ghana has recorded 24 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with one death.

Ghana’s President has suspended all social gatherings including Church activities and closed down schools since March 16, 2020. On Saturday, March 18, 2020, he announced the closure of all borders both by Land, Sea and Air space.

Also a mandatory 14 days quarantine for all permitted travellers to Ghana as part of enhanced measures to control the spread of the disease.

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