Police Shut Enugu Church, As Pastors, Members Fight Dirty Over Church Leadership

It was a show of shame, yesterday, in Enugu as two pastors
and their loyalists engaged themselves in fisticuffs at Mount Street Parish of
Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria. Consequently, police was compelled to lock
up the church premises.
Vanguard gathered that the church was turned into a battle
field, yesterday morning, as two pastors and their supporters fought over who
should take control of the parish.

Crisis of factionalisation of the Assemblies of God Church
had been lingering for more than three years as two persons, Professor Paul
Emeka and Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, are each laying claims to the leadership of the
church, a position known as General Superintendent, a matter that is currently
before the Supreme Court.
The drama started when one of the pastors, Rev. Nathaniel
Udeze, came with letters of posting and other court documents as part of
preparations to be installed as the new pastor at the parish.
He was promptly resisted upon arrival with his team of
Leading the opposition was current resident pastor of the
parish, Reverend Amaechi Agbo, who along with his supporters, also vowed not to
allow Pastor Udeze take over, accusing him of being an “intruder.”
The incoming pastor Udeze, said to have been very furious,
insisted that he had been officially posted there by the leadership of the
church under Rev. Paul Emeka.
He also insisted that Rev. Agbo had been transferred to
another parish since May 2015.
Howver, Rev Agbo disagreed, insisting that he was still in-charge
of the parish as he was yet to be formally written by Rev. Okoroafor’s
leadership of the church, which he recognised.
Factional Sunday
Trouble started as early as 7a.m., when supporters of both
pastors arrived and started sharing different versions of Sunday school manual
in preparation for the main service.
When the factional pastors arrived, the situation broke down
completely as the pastors started shoving each other and shortly afterwards,
members of the two factions engaged in fisticuffs.
Divisional Police Officer, Dennis Ayara, who later arrived
the scene, made frantic efforts to bring the situation under control through
negotiation, but to no avail.

The police, therefore, cordoned off the church and put it
under lock, while the leaders of the two factions were asked to report to the

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