Surulere Baptist Church, Lagos.
The police in Lagos under the command of their Commissioner of Police (CP), Bala Elkana Sunday went round Lagos to enforce the Lagos State order banning public gathering of over 50 people at a gathering.
Several churches were prevented from holding their usual Sunday services.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu had ordered the ban on social gatherings like clubs, parties especially the renowned OWANBE ones typical of Lagos State; ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 people in order to curb the Coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday however, policemen were seen moving round Lagos with guns to enforce the order.
Bishop David Oyedepo, Winners Chapel, Otta Ogun State.
Many leading churches like Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG were told by their G. O. Pastor Adeboye; Christ Message Ministry Kibaati at Isolo led by Bishop Margaret Bolanle Odeleke; Pastor W. F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Church and many others had told their members to worship online with them.
Some Churches that wanted to be smart turned their services to three per day to beat the Sanwoolu order.
The Surulere Baptist Church was one of the churches that were sealed off by armed police.
Our correspondent said the Winners Chapel which is located at Otta in Ogun State held their full service on Sunday but Presiding Bishop, David Oyedepo has alerted members that as soon as the Ogun State Government orders a change like in Lagos State there will be a change of service.
Coronavirus in Nigeria has forced the church in the large African community to become church in the palms whereby worshipers attend church through live broadcasts on their telephones and pay tithes and offerings through same process.
- Eniola Olatunji.