ECWA Flays Soldiers’ Assault on Members
By Danjuma Auta
The leadership of ECWA Goodnews Church, Ahmadu Bello, Way Jos, has condemned the intimidation, harassment and assault carried out on its members by men of the Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State on March 26, 2020.
Addressing a news conference in Jos on March 30, Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. Charles Dah, explained that ECWA Good News Church had put in place stringent measures to ensure that members complied with government directives aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus but were shocked when well-armed overzealous operatives of the Operation Safe Haven stormed the church premises and harassed, beat and assaulted the peace loving members.
According to him, a medical doctor, who was bundled and thrown into their Hilux van like a criminal, was among those who were injured.
He wondered: “What was their crime? They were found right within the church premises and the total number of members at the time was less than 30.”
He stated that there was no reason for the soldiers to visit such terror on his members when they had been doing everything possible to educate their members on the dangers of the deadly Covid–19 and how to curb its spread.
According to the cleric, ECWA had keyed into the state and federal governments’ anti-Corona-19 policies by observing the social distance, ensuring that gatherings do not exceed 50 persons as well as keeping the 2 meters distance during all its programmes and wondered why the soldiers resorted to such acts of violence.
He declared that the church was not aware of any restriction or ban on worship in churches and mosques, saying that such gatherings were permitted as long as the people concerned abided by the conditions stipulated by the government.
While demanding for apologies from the State Task Force on Covid–19 and the Operation Safe Haven, Rev. Dah called on the authorities to caution the security agencies to be more civil in enforcing government rules pertaining the pandemic.
He assured that ECWA would continue to do everything possible in complementing government’s effort in fighting the virus.
It will be recalled that, recently, the Plateau State Government announced measures aimed at ensuring that the virus does not enter the state and issued directives to law enforcement agents to enforce same.
Addressing journalists in his office, Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, disclosed that government frowned at the conduct of some overzealous law enforcement agents and appealed to citizens to comply with the measures so far taken to safeguard the state against the pandemic.
He assured that government was already looking into the misconduct of those security agents so as to bring them to book.