Assemblies of God Crisis: Police invade Rev Emekaa��s residence

From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
Policemen have stormed the residence of the embattled General Superintendent (GS) of Assemblies of Gods Church Nigeria, Rev Paul Emeka.
The clergyman was said to have fled his official residence on Link Road, Independence Layout Enugu, before the police from Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia attempted to gain entrance to the house.
The police were at the residence to recover an official vehicle belonging to Evangel University, owned by Assemblies of God Church Nigeria in Okpoto, Ebonyi state.
Some priests and members loyal to Emeka yesterday expressed concern over his safety. They said that his official security details had been withdrawn on the instruction of AIG, Zone 9 Police Command, Umuahia, Mr. Yerima Iyimiya Fyarah.
His aide, Rev Richard Akwa, told newsmen who visited the official residence of Emeka that the policemen had arrested the bursar of Evangel University, Mr. Paul Okereke over the whereabouts of the school bus and he confided in them that it was parked at the residence of Emeka, who is the chancellor of the university.
But they detained him until Friday, April 13, 2018 when the team from the Zone 9 came with him to forcefully evacuate the vehicle from Emeka’s residence.
According to Rev Akwa, the policemen did not succeed in their mission to remove the vehicle.
He alleged that consequent upon that failed mission, the AIG ordered that security details posted to Paul Emeka’s official residence should be withdrawn.
When The AUTHORITY visited the residence, it was deserted. Even the domestic and other workers did not report for duty for fear of being arrested.
Akwa said they have been receiving signals that the policemen from Zone 9 would repeat their mission.
He said that even though Emeka was not within the house last Friday, he was yet to return to the house to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.
The Police Public Relations officer for Zone 9, Jane Egwu, confirmed that they detailed policemen to recover the bus from Emeka because they are executing the Supreme Court judgment.
The tussle for the leadership of the church began on March 6, 2014 when Rev Chidi Okoroafor and his loyalists claimed they had removed Emeka as the General Superintendent.

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