A Pastor of the Ministry of Gospel of God Church, identified as Jones Nwaeze, was at the weekend arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court in Lagos for allegedly chasing worshipers with sticks and threatening to set the church ablaze.
Nwaeze, who lives at Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, was arraigned for breach of peace and assault before Magistrate Mrs Y.O. Ekogbule.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Clement Okuoimose, the accused committed the offences on February 12 at No. 95, Tina St., Ojodu, Lagos.
Okuoimose said that the 56-year-old pastor conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by chasing away other worshipers with stick and fuel.
The prosecutor further explained that the accused invaded the church during Saturday morning prayers, disrupted the service and assaulted some of the worshipers with sticks.
According to the prosecutor, the security at the church gate tried to stop the accused from gaining access into the premises because it was not the first time he was disrupting church service.
“He hit the security man with a stick on the head, dragged him on the ground and the security man sustained injuries. One of the worshipers alerted the police who rushed to the scene,” the prosecutor said.