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Popular Onitsha-based pastor, Chukwuemeka Odumeje who is also known as Indaboski Bahose who had been manhandled by some security agents in Onitsha while his church was being demolished has been condemned for trying to stop the process.
Chukwuemeka Odumeje’s church had in March this year been identified by the Anambra State government as one of the buildings sitting on drainage channels and marked for demolition but it has been revealed that he completely flouted the orders.
Prof Chukwuma Soludo who is the Anambra State Governor has also made open confirmations that his government forces were responsible for the demolition of the church of popular Pastor Chukwuemeka Odumeje under his direct instruction.
Soludo in a press release signed on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime had also revealed that Odumeje had completely failed to comply with the Anambra State government’s directive to remove the illegal structure he had built on a waterway.
The press release with the title: Anambra State Government begins demolition of illegal structures in Fegge, was signed in Awka on Thursday.
It read: “Following the expiration of the more than two weeks notice beginning from April 2022 served on developers and building owners who built several illegal structures along the waterway in Fegge and environs within Onitsha, Anambra State government has begun demolition of such structures.
“The exercise which is being carried out by a joint government task force, commenced the exercise from Bida Road by Modebe Avenue, Fegge Onitsha.
“The affected buildings include Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministries, shops and other perimeter fences
“The structures were marked since April 2022 and all developers and building owners were served notice to remove such illegal structures,” the release read.
During Thursday’s demolition exercise, sources said Odumeje had attempted to stop the officials of the state government from demolishing his church when he was manhandled by security men who accompanied the demolition team.
A video trending online showed the comic cleric being shoved around by security men, including police officers and men of the vigilante service.
He was severally slapped, and restricted from moving to the demolition area by armed security men.
The video, has, however, sparked mixed reactions among Nigerians on social media, with many condemning the treatment of the cleric, saying it was unfair to manhandle him.
Some other commentators said the treatment served him right as he had himself severally invaded shrines that were considered sacred and known to be places of worship for others and destroyed it.