Assemblies Of God Headquarters Attacked By Thugs

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Suspected armed men stormed the Assemblies of God Church headquarters in Enugu, yesterday where they attacked Rev. Elisha Anyanwu, Rev. Gideon Adolphous and members of the church.

According to The Sun, it was alleged, that the thugs were hired by a sacked senior member of the church, to stop the church members from having their prayer meeting at the church secretariat and prevent members to enter the church premises. The thugs reportedly left with valuable items.

Rev. Chidi Okoroafor, the New General Superintendent of the church, while briefing journalists at the Evangel camp at Okpoto in Ebonyi State, condemned the action and urged the security agents to investigate the matter and bring to justice any person involved in the attack.

His words: “Our general secretary, who has served the church for 24 years, Rev. John Okoni, will retire next tomorrow and preparatory to that retirement and as we close up the year, the leadership of Assemblies of God Church decided to organise an end of year prayer programme in our Enugu secretariat of the church today. We also wrote and obtained police permission to hold the programme.

“But while preparing to go for the programme, we were surprised to hear that some thugs and strange men way laid some of the church members who were coming for the prayer programme, tagged: “Zero Hour Intervention.

“As a matter of fact, a pastor who was coming for the programme, Rev. Eli­sha Anyanwu, was stopped near the secretariat and they started beating him with rods and then set his vehicle ablaze. Many others were also stopped from going into the secretariats. This is very strange in Christianity. The same people who did this car­ried placards to government house to tell the governor that we should be prevented from coming to pray at the secre­tariat..

“This is strange to Christianity because no sane person will attack people who are going to pray for any reason whatsoever. Somebody is re­belling against the leadership of the church. Every church has a constitution and if you cannot abide by that constitu­tion and rules you can leave that church and do what­ever you wish outside the church.”

Rev. Anyanwu one of the victims narrated his experience in the hands of the thugs, “They accosted me in the front of the church’s secretariat and brought me down from my Toyota jeep and started beating me, using iron to hit me on my hands and legs after which they set my car ablaze,” he stated in pains.

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