Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja has launched a press release on the arrest of some youths carrying T-shirts branded with the inscription #BuhariMustGo throughout a church service on Sunday.
The church debunked the assertion which claimed that the youths walked as much as the altar as first-timers and have been arrested by the church and handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS).
This was conveyed in a launched assertion tagged ‘Arrest and detention of protesters – the reality that you must know’, dated sixth July 2021, and signed by Dr. Ada Ochowechi.
The assertion defined that after the youths departed the altar, they protested by blowing trumpets and saxophones proper from the exit door of the church.
It stated the protest was being live-streamed with the church constructing because the background.
It stated, “The church holds three services every Sunday, and the Senior Pastor, Dr Paul Enenche preaches in all the services. After the sermon in the first service that Sunday, an altar call was made, to which many people came out, including the said youths. And nothing happened to them. No one questioned the legality or otherwise of the inscription on their T-shirts.
“However, quickly after they departed from the altar, they swung right into a protest with blowing trumpets and saxophones proper from the exit door of the church. At the identical time, the occasion was being coated and live-streamed with the background photographs of the church constructing and people of the thronging crowd, each exiting and coming into the sanctuary for the following service. The dwell streaming had the caption: BUHARI MUST GO Campaign Hits Dunamis Church in Abuja.”
The church management said it found the action of the activists intriguing for many reasons.
“No one knew who they have been or the place they got here from. No one knew the organisation they represented in addition to their final agenda till the DSS apprehended them.
“No standard rule of engagement was followed as they sneaked into the church and swung into protest on a holy day of services.
“Moreover, the church shouldn’t be an activism floor, however a centre for the projection of belief towards all types of evil. The church is non-political and non-partisan and thus, not an acceptable floor for political protest. It shouldn’t be the seat of presidency the place these being protested towards reside.”
“As intriguing because it was to a typical onlooker, so was it to members of undercover safety on the premises for routine duties. Acting of their line of obligation, the DSS officers arrested the protesters,” the church added.
However, human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has described the church statement as false on so many levels.
He noted that Enenche and his wife, Becky, whom he, Deji Adeyanju, and lawyer, Marshal D. F. Abubakar met with on Monday are aware of the facts of the case.
Sowore stated that the youths did not protest inside the church, adding that Enenche attested to their orderly conduct during their two-hour-long meeting.
The activist said it was upon exiting the church auditorium that they started live-streaming on Facebook. He stressed that he was the one who shared the Livestream and added that “#BuhariMustGo hits Dunamis,” and not the activists.
He said it was the church security team that called the DSS and sent a white Hilux van accompanied by two power bikes to whisk them away.
“They have been approached by the church safety (workforce) and instructed to finish the Livestream, they insisted it was their proper and Emmanuel Larry instructed them he was a journo and maintained a respectful distance from the church safety.
“They let them leave and the 10 activists got to the main road and five of the activists boarded a vehicle and left.
“While 5 others have been ready for a taxi, a brand new set of church safety males carrying reflective jackets got here and intercepted them and bodily manhandled them and took them again into the church premises to their safety put up.
“They were forced to delete the two live videos. Church officials took some screenshots and even shared them with the media on Sunday (I believe they have the full videos retrieved from Emmanuel Larry’s phone).
“It was the church safety workforce that known as the DSS and so they despatched a white Hilux van accompanied by two energy bikes to whisk them away. They’ve not been seen or heard from ever since,” Sowore added.