Officials of the Anambra State government have demolished the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry, owned by Onitsha-based pastor, Chukwuemeka Odumeje, (a.k.a) Indaboski Bahose.
The Anambra State government had March marked the church building for demolition for being built on a drainage channel.
Eyewitnesses said Odumeje had attempted to stop government officials from demolishing his church, but he was allegedly manhandled by security men, who accompanied the demolition team.
According to the witness, the cleric was pushed around by security men, including police officers and men of the vigilante services, adding that they stopped him from moving to the demolition area.
Odumeje’s church before demolition
MEANWHILE, Anambra State governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has confirmed that government officials were responsible for the demolition of the church, belonging to Pastor Chukwuemeka Odumeje.
Soludo, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, said Odumeje failed to comply with the government’s directive to remove illegal structures built on waterways.
“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 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 statement added.