- Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry, popularly called Tuesday Tuesday Church, has been indicted by the community where the church is situated
- The church has been accused of harassment and occultism by residents of the community
- The residents alleged that the church posed a threat to the community with their hazardous activities
The residents of Soba community of Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local council development area of Lagos have cried out over alleged harassment by Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry, popularly called Tuesday Tuesday Church.
Petitions have been sent to the Lagos state government over the alleged harassment and occultism by the church, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that residents of the community trooped out on Friday, May 18, 2018 to protest the activities of the church. They held placards bearing inscription like: "Tuesday Church must leave our community in peace,' ‘Enough of kidnapping of innocent souls in Soba community.’ ‘Enough of sprinkling of blood in our community.’ ‘They claim to be Christians but they are ritualists.’ ‘The Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry known as Tuesday Church is evil."
A prophet of a Celestial Church of Christ in the community, Prophet Emmanuel Agabi, claimed that he had been a victim so many times, saying that a bag of salt was poured on him over his refusal to bow before the pastor of the Tuesday Tuesday Church.
Agabi said: “In February, I was attacked by some members of church on my way to preach the gospel.”
A resident of the community, Rose Emmanuel, whose church is close to the church, also recounted her ordeal. She said: "There is no day I come to my shop that I will not see salt, eggs and coconuts in front of my shop. I always take the stress of washing all these things with water.”
Favour Francis, another trader in the community, said she was notified that some rituals were carried out in front of her shop.
She said: “At 3 O’clock on Wednesday, I was notified that the Tuesday church had buried some things at my shop. When I got there, I did not say a word, but reverted to my own pastor, who gave me anointing oil to sanctify the frontage of my shop. Not too long after, the Tuesday Church’s pastor brought his members to beat me and my children in the shop.
"Since then, I have not been feeling fine. Prior to this, there was no rancour between us. The only thing I could remember was that I have turned down their invitation to attend their church countless times. Consequently, the pastor ordered his members not to patronise my shop anymore that I was so fetish.”
In the same vein, another trader, Nkechi Egbenu, who trades directly opposite the church, said: “Each time I go to my shop, they must have broken eggs, burnt candles of different colours such as red, blue and black. I went to report the case to Baale for intervention.”
Another resident of the community simply identified as Ekundayo, said: “Their activities at nights are most unbearable as they noisily pollute the environment from evening till the early hours of the day. They harass and assault anybody who challenges their despicable rituals”
The petition issued by the community read in part: “Apart from the rancorous and violent processions of the Tuesday Tuesday Church every week and with total blockade of the roads leading to our community, they broke into people’s shops and residents’ property at night and desecrate them in the name of purification with thick smelly and hazardous substances.
“People living around the church often complain of offensive odour, crying and wailing of people being tortured whose noise cease soon after. This is confirmatory evidence that it is not a conventional church but an occult group."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Pastor Philip Igbinijesu of the Word Assembly declared that any member of his church without a Permanent Voters Card (PVC) would not be allowed to partake in the church's communion.
The cleric made the declaration in a short video uploaded on YouTube on Friday, March 30.
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