A pastor has been busted at North Suntreso in Kumasi for contravening the ban on social gatherings imposed in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak 9COVID-19) in Ghana.
Apostle Kofi Nkrumah Sarkodie is said to have organised members of his church for his service on Wednesday morning (March 18, 2020).
Police officers stormed the premises and arrested the pastor amidst a resistance from his congregants Graphic Online understands.
Apostle Kofi Nkrumah Sarkodie organised a church service despite the ban on public gatherings including church services.
Samson K. Nyamekye of Hello FM in Kumasi reported on Accra based Peace FM monitored by Graphic Online that the church members initially resisted attempts by the police to pick up Apostle Sarkodie and started chanting prayers and singing.
The church is located at North Suntreso in the Ashanti Region.
The government of Ghana suspended all public gatherings in the country following the outbreak of Coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) in Ghana as of Saturday, March 14, 2020.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made this known in a televised national address Sunday night [March 15, 2020].
He said the new directives follows an earlier meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus response which he chaired and it deliberated on the issues.
“I have decided, in the interest of public safety and protection of our population, to review the public gathering advisories earlier announced.”
He said among the gatherings suspended are church services, weddings, funerals, other social gatherings.
Watch a video of the arrest below. [VIDEO Courtesy of Sampson K. Nyamekye]