A report of the COVID-19 task force members being attacked has been confirmed by the Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Strategic Communication, Mr. Ekeng Inyang. The reports say four members of the COVID-19 taskforce were attacked in Calabar by the members of a church identified as Messiah Deliverance Salvation Ministry.
The taskforce stopped the church ongoing service, so in retaliation, some members of the church attacked the four task force members, and according to cross-river governor special assistant, Mr. Ekeng Inyang, he said one of the task force members is a special adviser to the government of the Cross River.
“In enforcing the COVID-19 social distancing policy, members of Messiah Deliverance Salvation Ministry, a church located at No 15 Fenton Street, Calabar South Local Government Area, brutalized Taskforce members and left one badly injured.
“The victim who is also a Special Adviser in Cross River State is currently hospitalized as his head was torn open by the Church members who confronted the victim and his team members with violence for attempting to disrupt the service.”
According to DAILY POST, the State Security Adviser to the Governor, South, Hon. Ani Esin said;
“When we went to the Church to enforce the lockdown order of the State Governor, the Church members and workers reacted violently and got our people injured.
“In the midst of the violence, the Pastor escaped and we are looking for him. Our members sustained minor injuries were three while one was severely wounded and he has been admitted to one of the health facilities in the State.
“We have arrested three workers and they are in detention and will be charged to court soon. We had never had such an attack and Churches have always corporate with us and obey all the guidelines,”