Brethren At War: How Ability Altercate Tears Assemblies of God Church Apart




Show of shame… Security men action to breach up a affray involving aberrant associates of the Assembles of God church, Enugu...

Available statistics showed that the Assemblies of God Abbey has a citizenry of over 2.6 actor associates admiration in over 14,300 churches advance in Nigeria with its address in Enugu, Enugu State. It has buried added than 50 missionaries in nine countries beyond the apple with over 11,650 ministers.


However, the already peaceful associates of one-fold ancestors had been broken afar afterward a administration altercate that is anon bedevilling the church.

Crisis of factionalisation of the abbey had been abiding as two chief Reverend gentlemen, Professor Paul Emeka and Dr Chidi Okoroafor accept been at loggerheads, anniversary laying affirmation to be the all-embracing baton of the church, able to buck the appellation General Superintendent, GS.

The affair which resulted in action is currently at the endure bus stop – the Supreme Court, apprehension the final arbitration. Whilst the much-expected judgement is getting awaited, associates of the 27 Mount Street Archdiocese in Enugu affianced in affray recently.

The base act still centered on the crisis over who takes ascendancy of the archdiocese which is believed to be lucrative.

Control of the parish
The ball started if Reverend Nathaniel Udeze stormed the Mount Street archdiocese with belletrist of announcement and added cloister abstracts allotment him to be installed as the new pastor of the archdiocese that morning.

But he was stoutly resisted forth with his aggregation of loyalists by the accepted Resident pastor of the parish, Reverend Amaechi Agbo who, forth with his loyalists, accused Udeze of getting an “intruder”.

The altercation led to a chargeless for all if Udeze insisted on demography over back he had been clearly acquaint there by the administration of the abbey beneath Rev Paul Emeka.


He went on to acquaint the addled aggregation that their citizen minister, Agbo, had been transferred to addition Archdiocese back May 2015.

Earlier, supporters of both clashing pastors were begin administration altered versions of the Sunday academy chiral during the academy which angered the supporters of the bisect until the two pastors began a shouting bout that eventually led to the chargeless for all.

The affray admiring the absorption of the badge who raced to the abode and the abbey was bound up. That was not the aboriginal time associates of the aggregation would appoint in such a appearance of shame.

Sometime endure year, absolutely December 3, 2014, hell was aswell let apart at the civic address of the abbey amid in Enugu if the two clashing factions affianced in a blood-soaked affray that larboard no beneath than 5 bodies actively injured, while four cars anchored at the bounds were burnt above acceptance during the chargeless for all that ensued.

Vanguard Metro, VM, aggregate that the affray followed the aggression of the abbey address by the Reverend Chidi Okoroafor-led band in a bid to angrily yield over the civic secretariat of the abbey which had been beneath the ascendancy of the active General Superintendent, Reverend Paul Emeka and his loyalists.

Violence bankrupt out that acute Wednesday morning, December 3, 2014, if associates of the Okoroafor band stormed the civic secretariat in several buses and attempted to accretion access into the civic secretariat but were prevented by Reverend Emeka’s loyalists.

How we prevented action at the archdiocese — PPRO
ENUGU badge command told VM surveillance has been army aural the around of the archdiocese until course would be absolutely adequate which is still beneath lock and key as at the time of this report.

Speaking to our reporter, the State Badge Command’s angel maker, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said: “Please let me actual one impression. We (Police) did not lock up any church.

Ours is to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. What happened was that we intervened and averted what could accept resulted to bloodshed.”

“If not for our appropriate action that Sunday,” he went on, “it could accept been a altered story.

If efforts were fabricated to accompany the two factions to accordant settlement, which was not forthcoming, we gave our advice, so they bound it up and the keys are with them not with us (Police). But for now, we are ecology the abode to ensure that no abhorrent affair occurred there”.

The CAC angle:
Another bend has been added to the crisis as the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, had in a letter anachronous June 22, 2015 conveyed the abandonment of the name of Reverend Paul Emeka from the Certificate of Incorporation beforehand issued awaiting the final assurance of the case currently awaiting afore the Supreme Court.

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