Sunday, November 08, 2015

Church Members Lament as Ogun Demolishes Redeemed Church Building.

One of the church building  owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has been demolished by the Ogun State Government.

The RCCG head; Pastor Enoch Adeboye is one of the most respected man of God in Nigeria and also well known all over the world. And Vice-President, Yemi Osibanjo is one of the pastor in the church recognised to be one of the largest pentecoastal church in Nigeria.

The demolished building is located inside the estate, Obasanjo Hilltop, named after ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo by the state government and located along the Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, the state capital.

The construction of the church, headed by a former lawmaker in Ogun State, Remmy Hazzan, started in 2013 , and was being roofed when the government rolled out caterpillars on Friday to pull it down.

There are reports that the church leadership was meant to commence use of the ground floor for church activities on November 8 prior to the building’s completion.

On Friday, as the state government demolished the building, workers at the site and church members burst into tears, with some shouting "Jesus, Jesus, this is your house," "Lord where is your face."

It was learnt that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, insisted the building be pulled down, arguing that the structure violated the residential master plan of the estate.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties, Leke Adewolu, said he was not aware of the demolition.

However, Governor Amosun’s Special Adviser on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, said the demolition was carried out because the church building was not approved.

"I am told that the church has no title documents nor approval," Mr. Soyinka said. "The estate is strictly residential, and the building has defeated the approved design plan. And let me quickly add, nothing is political about the action."

The Commissioner for Urban and Regional Planning ,Adebola Adeife,is yet to make a statement about the demolition

Officials of the RCCG also declined public statements although one of the top officials of the church in Ogun said Mr. Adeboye had asked everyone to stay quiet on the issue.

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