Pastor in grips of police for continuous defiance of President’s directive against large gatherings

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The founder and leader of Open Arms Ministries, Apostle Kofi Nkansah Sarkodie is in the grips of the Ashanti Regional Police Command once again for defying the President’s moratorium on church service.

Saint Sark as he is popularly called, together with some of his congregants, were rounded up today Sunday, March 22, 2020, for organising a church service despite the ban on such activities.

This is not his first offence. It will be recalled that the Kumasi-based pastor was apprehended for the same reason last Wednesday, March 18 but was later granted bail.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Sunday placed a temporal on all social gatherings including church service, funerals, and conferences and also ordered the closedown of all schools across the country as part of measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit Ghana.

To this end, most churches have evoked the power of technology and resorted to virtual worship through both traditional media and social media.

Ghana has so far recorded 21 cases of the novel coronavirus out of which one has passed on. Also, the country has lost three citizens abroad to the pandemic.

It has been predicted that the situation may get worse in the coming days.

Despite the growing concerns amidst the numerous cautions from both local and international health authorities, Saint Sark is still adamant.

He appears unperturbed. Residents say he organised an all-night church service last Friday after his arrest and subsequent release on Wednesday.

The Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, who confirmed the arrest to ABC News, noted that the pastor will be hauled before court tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020.


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