Pastors threaten demo over closure of church

Some pastors in the Accra have threatened a demonstration against the Magistrates court for ordering the closing down of a church.

The Adjabeng Court ‘2’, presided over by Miss Mariam Sinare, on Wednesday September 29 imposed a ban on Faith Demonstration Ministry International Church at Darkuman for excessive noise making. The court also found the Head Pastor, Apostle Victor Annan, guilty of failing to produce a building permit that allowed him to put up a church in a residential area.

But the court’s decision has incensed some members of the clergy who say the court should have been considerate in its ruling.

Some pastors in the capital say although they support efforts to minimise excessive noise by some churches, the procedures used by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to close down about 90% of churches in Accra were wrong and unfair.

Apostle Victor Annan, Head Pastor of the Faith Demonstration Ministry whose church was closed down is calling on all Christians to join in fighting the AMA.

Apostle Annan says the church will use all legal means to reverse the court’s decision.

When Asempa News made contact with the International Council of the Clergy [ICC] they expressed concern that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s decision to clamp down on the church is a persecution.

Archbishop Ofori Atta, President of the Council says if the case is really of noise making then the AMA should insist all forms of religious activities are brought under control citing Muezzins who do the Azan in the Islamic Religion as a form of noise.

Archbishop Ofori Atta says the recent pronouncements from certain government officials of government particularly Dr. Tony Aidoo smacks of a calculated attempt by the state to clamp down on churches.

But the head of environmental protection and standard enforcement programme at the AMA D.K. Opare tells Asempa News the Assembly has on countless occasions educated them on the need to ensure reasonable amounts of noise are made.

He assures the general public the AMA will enforce all bye-laws to insist the right things are done in the metropolis.

Kojo Asare-Baffour Acheampong/Asempa News/Ghana