Three members of the Christ Embassy Church dragged to court for breaching covid-19 restrictions on public gathering and social distancing have pleaded not guilty.

They are Alex Asomani, Wilson Delali and Agyemang Kumi Nutifafa. They were granted bail by the Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour Madam Ellen Offei Ayeh.

The bail is in the sum of ¢80,000 with two sureties each. One of the sureties should be a public/ civil servant earning not less than ¢1400.

The fourth accused person, Edmond Dapaah, who is the facility Manager of the Fantasy Dome was granted bail with two sureties , one of whom should be a public or civil servant.

On May 2, images and videos of the all-night church service dubbed ‘Pneumatica Night’, held at the Fantasy Dome (at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre) went viral on social media.

The event received serious backlash from many social media users who condemned the gross disregard for Covid-19 protocols at the event.
Following that, the Ghana Medical Association called for the arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the church.
JoyNews sources reveal that the Police Criminal Investigations Department has since completed its investigation into the incident and has decided to press charges.

Their investigation is reported to have revealed that over 10,000 members of the church participated in the programme on April 30.

It also revealed that the management of the Fantasy Dome did not officially inform the management of the Trade Fair Centre of the said programme as required.

The Facility Manager who was first arrested is said to have named two others as persons who approached him regarding the use of the venue to host the event.

He, however, added that he deferred to his boss who resides outside the country for the final approval.

Other named organisers of the event are said to have failed to respond to the Police invitation to assist in investigations.

That notwithstanding, the Police Service has filed the charge against the four individuals that have so far been apprehended

The charges levelled against them are conspiracy to commit crime namely, failing to comply with restrictions imposed; Contrary to section 23(1) of the criminal offences Act, 1960(Act29) and section 6 of the imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020(Act1012) and regulation 1 of E. I. 135/2021, that is for all three church members as well as abetment of crime namely Failing to comply with restrictions imposed; contrary to section 20(1) of the criminal offences Act, 2020(Act 1012) and regulation 1 of E. I. 135/2021 for the fourth accused persons