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Taskforce Denies Demolishing Churches In Gowon Estate, Lagos

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 at 6:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom –  Lagos 


The new chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, Akeem Adedeji on Monday denied the involvement of his officers in the recent demolition of some churches at Gowon Estate in Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos.

 Daily Independent re-called that at the weekend some 40 fully armed police officers from the Taskforce office at Alausa, Ikeja stormed Quate, a notorious spot at the estate and demolished no fewer than five churches in what some residents regarded as a surprise visit.

According to some of the residents, who spoke off records, the officers arrived at about 10.a.m in six police patrol vehicles and a Black-Maria marked: KRD 123 CMS and subsequently demolished five churches, including Chapel of Possibility Church, Open Channels Church, Gods Pentecostal Church and Jesus Centre.

Speaking with our correspondent, Pastor Darlington Ajetemisan, founder of Open Channel Church, one of the five churches demolished said that when the officers arrived, “I was spotted among the crown of people watching helplessly while the demolition was one, beaten blue and black and thrown inside the Black-Maria”

He said that he was arrested and taken to the Taskforce office in Alausa, Ikeja, but was eventually later released same day following the intervention of a magistrate that.

Ajetemisan accused the taskforce chairman of allegedly mobilising his officers to demolish churches in Quate, even with the fact that the case was still in court.

But, Akeem Adedeji, the taskforce chairman punctured the allegation by the embattled pastor that his officers demolished the churches at the pace.

His words: The taskforce only provided a security back-up to the operation, knowing the risk involved in such issues.

He further explained that the demolition was carried out by a combined team of officials from the Federal Ministry of Housing and the Lagos State Ministry Physical Planning and Urban Development.