The crisis in the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria, yesterday took a different turn as members of two camps clashed leaving some people wounded.
Embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka
The major cause of the clash was said to be as a result of the meeting slated to hold yesterday by the faction loyal to the Assistant General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor against the embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka to review the crisis that engulfed the church at Isiagu Street, Achara Layout branch of the church.
It would be recalled it was reported in March 2014, that there was tension in the church over the suspension of Assemblies of God Church’s General Superintendent Rev. Paul Emeka over allegations of misconduct, highhandedness and financial misappropriation in the administration of the church.
The embattled General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Emeka and some top members of the church had engaged in a protracted dispute over issues relating to lack of accountability and conspiracy in the church’s leadership.
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The District Pastor incharge of Isiagu street branch of the church, Pastor Isaac Ochu, who is in the anti-Emeka faction, accepted to host the meeting, even when some leaders of his branch, including the deacons, were opposed to the meeting.
Pastor Ochu was said to have announced the meeting last Sunday but his members who were sympathetic to the GS, told him point-blank that the meeting of the alleged renegades should not hold in the church.
Pastor Ochu was said to have ignored their advice and went ahead to convene the meeting in his church but unknown to him, the deacons in the church had mobilized their colleagues from other branches to barricade the entrances to the church.
The anti-Emeka group sensing that there could be danger at the meeting venue, reportedly invited soldiers to the church Monday night but were withdrawn in the early hours of yesterday.
However, when the participants who were mostly pastors from different branches of the church in the state arrived for the meeting yesterday morning, they met a stiff resistance by the pro-Emeka group and as they tried to force their way into the church, a fight broke out between the two groups.
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The anti-Emeka group, according to an eyewitness, was overpowered as the pastors ran for their dear lives and later moved to an undisclosed place in Trans-Ekulu to hold the meeting.
The pro-Emeka group remained at the church premises until yesterday evening but declined to speak with newsmen.
But some of the deacons were heard threatening that Pastor Ochu would not be allowed to preside over the affairs of the church, henceforth, for identifying with the renegades who they accused of trying to destroy the church.
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