Leaders of the Assemblies of God Church on Wednesday evening took over the church’s Enugu national secretariat from the former General Superintendent, Rev. Paul Emeka.
Emeka refused to vacate his office in the secretariat, and continued to parade himself as General Superintendent, after his removal by the church’s General Council on March 6, 2014.
The former church leader continued to hold onto the office even after a February 24 judgment in which the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal he filed to challenge his sacking.
Initial attempts by the new General Superintendent of the church, Rev. Paul Okoroafor, and other leaders of the church, to recover the national secretariat were thwarted by Emeka, who again went to court to insist that he was the church’s leader.
Also, it was gathered that leaders of the church were equally frustrated by what they described as the hostile attitude of a team of mobile policemen stationed at the gates of the secretariat, which were under lock, allegedly on Emeka’s orders.
Okoroafor and other church leaders, as well as a battalion of the Royal Rangers, the church’s para-military group, stormed the secretariat in company with a team from the Enugu State Police Command to take over the building.
Correspondent observed that the church leaders initially clashed with some of Emeka’s supporters when the group arrived at the secretariat.
Violence was, however, averted as the police cordoned off the streets around the secretariat, after arresting some of Emeka’s loyalists.
A source in the church said the ‘suspects’ were ‘ring-leaders’ of an alleged plot by Emeka’s loyalists to ‘subvert’ the Supreme Court verdict on the church’s leadership crisis.