Celestial Church Demolished, Shepherd Arrested as Part of Oyo Beautification

As part of the beautification process going on in Oyo State, the state government embarked on a demolition cause which led to the demolition of “illegal” structures throughout the state, especially the state capital, Ibadan. However, the process took another dimension on Friday, as government bulldozers demolished Celestial Church of Christ, Onala Parish along Mokola-Sango Road, Ibadan.

The demolition of the church was done against an earlier court injunction. However, the bulldozers and government officials that accompanied it arrived at the church premises around 10a.m while defying all entreaties by the Shepherd in charge, Evangelist Kolawole Olakanmi and other senior members of the Church.

The Shepherd, alongside nine other members of the Church, were later arrested and taken to the Secretariat Police Station. Meanwhile, later speaking to newsmen the Shepherd said: “I showed them the copy of the court injunction, but their leader told me that the order was from the governor. “He even told me that the order of the governor supercedes any court injunction and in the process, I was ordered to be taken into their vehicle, locked up before my other members were arrested and brought here without any charge.”

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