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Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020

FCTA denies bias over clampdown on worship places

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By Stanley Onyekwere

In the wake of swelling criticisms trailing the enforcement of restriction on religious gatherings in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, alleging bias in the process, the FCT Administration has refuted such notion.
The Administration while denying that the believe that its clampdown on erring religious places was being targetted at some faiths, reiterated that its restriction policy is anchored on certain principles.
Making this position known, the chairman of the FCT Task team, Ikharo Attah, said the Team was, among others, mandated by the FCT minister, Mohammed Bello to ensure that there is no religious gathering in the FCT until the COVID 19 pandemic is contained.
He noted that the only incident which has become the rallying point for this accusation was the arrest of the General Overseer of Jesus Reign Family church located at Apo.
He explained that the arrest of Pastor U U Uden became compelling after he snubbed the enforcement team to continue his service which lasted for hours despite signals from the team that he should discontinue.
Ikharo added that the team was on this occassion, forced to wait till the end of the service before inviting the Pastor to the FCT Police Command Headquarters for explanations.

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