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COVID-19: We Disperse Worshipers Of Over 50 Anywhere Found – Police

Ogun State Police Command has said it dispersed on Sunday everywhere the command found worshippers above fifty in the nook and cranny of the state over coronavirus.

“It is not one, it is not two. It was a statewide exercise and everywhere our men saw a gathering of over 50 worshippers, congregants were dispersed,” he said.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the ban is being enforced statewide but declined to cite the affected worship centres where congregants were dispersed by the Police.

He said there was no arrest made on the worshippers but were only dispersed and asked to go home to observe private worship or prayer.

The Nation reports that a Taskforce led by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Toyin Afolaogun, stormed some churches in Abeokuta, the state capital, early in the morning and dispersed worshippers where they were visible evidence that congregants exceeded the maximum limit of 50 people.

In one of the churches stormed at about 6:30 am, the leader of the team, Afolaogun, carried out a headcount of scores of worshippers who had converged for the morning service, but were dispersed when the impromptu census exposed them to be more than 50.

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However, Afolaogun ordered them to reassemble in compliance with the 50 maximum directives of the government.

Afolaogun who addressed reporters later said there were at least  80 per cent compliance with the directive in the state.

He said: “So far, so good. We have recorded about 80 per cent compliance. The church that did not comply, we politely told them to comply accordingly. We politely told them to leave and reassemble themselves.”

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