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Akwa Ibom Government Marks Church For Demolition After Pastor Criticised Governor Udom




The Akwa Ibom State Authorities has marked a metropolitan church in Uyo, Holy Ghost Ambassadors Ministry Worldwide, for demolition over feedback by its Senior Pastor on the political affairs of the state.

SaharaReporters learnt that the senior pastor of the church, Nyeneime Andy, had criticised the alleged plan by the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to impose a successor on the state in 2023.

Andy was reportedly invited by Nigeria’s secret police for questioning on Wednesday over his feedback on politics within the state.

On the identical date, the Akwa Ibom State Authorities, via its agent, the Uyo Capital Metropolis Improvement Authority (UCCDA), marked the church constructing for demolition.

The church has additionally been served a discover to that impact.

Within the discover, the top of the City Planning Division, Eshiet Freddy, claimed the church constructing, which had been present since 2012, didn’t meet the planning requirements for approval.

In accordance with Freddy, the construction negates minimal necessities by way of area commonplace, constructing line and space distribution.

“It’s worthy to notice that you’re occupying/establishing an unlawful construction with out prior approval from the authority. The mentioned unlawful construction constitutes an offence and contravenes provisions of City and Nation Planning Regulation Cap. 133, Legal guidelines of Akwa Ibom State.

“In view of the above, you’re hereby given seven (7) days’ discover inside which to take away the mentioned unlawful improvement and reinstate the land to its authentic state,” the discover acknowledged.

Town improvement authority mentioned the federal government could be compelled to demolish the constructing if the church fails to adjust to the order.

Andy, in a current press briefing, condemned an alleged plan by the governor, Emmanuel Udom, to impose a successor in 2023.

“In 2023, it is going to be a authorities of the individuals, for the individuals and by the individuals. We won’t permit one particular person to decide on a governor for a state of over 6 million individuals,” Premium Instances quoted him as saying.

The governor had in Could raised some questions for consideration on the standard of who ought to succeed him.

“Would you like a frontrunner whose method to testing his reputation could be to drive in a protracted convoy to Ibom Plaza and throw cash on the hapless individuals, watching them scramble for the cash and the individuals would say that’s ‘Ano owo Mkpo! (one who is sweet at giving)’ Is that the type of a successor you need? Is that the type of empowerment our individuals deserve?

“Or do you want a successor with a identified e-mail deal with that the worldwide enterprise neighborhood recognises?” he had mentioned.


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