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COVID-19: Churches in Benue comply with Govt directives on suspension of activities



Following the State Government suspension of all religious activities in Benue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, most church denominations did not hold their Sunday services in Makurdi.

News Agency of Nigeira reports that Catholic Churches, NKST Shelter of Glory, Dunamis, Living Faith amongst others did not hold services.

A correspondent of NAN who went round Makurdi metropolis reports that though some worshippers were seen entering church premises, they were turned back by church officials.

At Saint Theresa Catholic Church, High Level, a parishioner, one John Terwase, told NAN that they were in the church only to receive instructions from their Parish Priest.

Terwase explained that they were aware of the pandemic and were not taking it lightly adding that they needed to be alive to worship God.

At Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Low Level, the priest was sighted addressing the congregation on the pandemic.

NAN also reports that the NKST churches at High level and Idye as well as the Shelter of Glory were locked.

However, at at Authority Chapel Int’l located along Iyorkaa Akor Street High Level, services were going on despite the ban on all religious activities in the state.

At Saint Juliana Bebe, Holy Ghost Catholic Church Wadata, Saint Augustine Catholic Church Demekpe, services were held within short intervals and but with scanty members.

NAN reports that Gov Samuel Ortom had on Saturday announced the suspension of all religious activities and closure of all major markets in Benue with effect from Monday,  March 31.

NAN further reports that the state government had earlier closed all schools in the state, opened four isolation centres in Benue and released a total of N60 million for the fight against the virus.

Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju

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