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    Monday, 4 January 2016

    Pastors tackle police, demand N1.3billion over demolition of their churches in Lagos

    By Emmanuel Udom

    Seven pastors in Gowon estate area of Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, south-west Nigeria, are presently tackling the police over what they described as the unacceptable manner it is handling investigations into  a petition sent to it, August last year.

    The pastors in a petition dated November 18, 2015 and addressed to the Officer-in-charge, Public Complaints Bureau, Lagos state police command, Ikeja, expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the police was handling the petition.

    Jointly signed by Chaplain Darlington Ajitemisan of the Open Channel Bible Church, Apostle Emmanuel Arigo of the Jesus Center Bible Church Reverend Patrick Joshua of Chapel of Possibility Reverend Asuquo Archibong of God Pentecostal Assembly and Pastor Emmanuel Ejike of Glorious Liberty Revival Outreach all located within the estate.

    They  accused one Christopher Ohahelem, the investigating police officer handling the case of embarking on lecturing them on who owns or doesn’t not own the land on which their churches were built, instead of calling all parties concerned as mentioned in the petition for a meeting in order  to determine the truth or otherwise of the case.

    According to the pastors, Prince Oluwatoyin Ololade, managing director of Rosellas Amusement Park in Igando, Lagos and officials of the Federal Housing Authority, Federal Ministry of Housing, Lagos state taskforce officials and the Lagos state ministry of physical planning illegal demolished seven of their churches, even as the case was before a competent court in Lagos.

    The aggrieved pastors are therefore demanding that adequate compensation to the tune of N1.3billion be paid to them as relief for their loses.

    However, Ololade told our reporter on phone that he is not a party to the demolition, saying that our reporter can go ahead and write on the matter.

    In his reaction, Joe Offor, Lagos police image maker said that the matter is still being investigated and the parties concerned should give the police enough time to do their jobs.

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