African Church crisis escalates as police storm worship Centre:
There was a serious drama on Friday as men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force invaded the premises of the African Church to arrest the Primate, His Eminence, Dr Emmanuel Udofia.
The invasion of the provincial headquarters of the Church at Calabar created a stir among executive members and Bishops who came from the Niger Delta region and some parts of Markurdi, to have their quarterly general committee meeting.
Admitting to have come on the orders of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Abuja, the Policemen forcefully stopped the meeting for hours and made to arrest and take away the Primate.
They were however resisted strongly by Bishops at the meeting who asked them to present an arrest warrant.
An insider who expressed strong belief that the Yoruba members of Africa Church must have instigated the attempted arrest, recalled that the leadership/power tussle in the church was still on.
“They suspect that the general committee meeting which is taking place at Calabar will capture most of the powerful decisions which will move the Church forward. So, to truncate that, they plotted the arrest.
It would be recalled that the Yoruba African Church members had dragged the Primate to Court sometimes ago, over the extension of his tenure but the Court had ruled in his favour of the Primate at Delta State
It took the efforts of some prominent members of the African Church who were present, to fault the arrest which came without a warrant or official letter from the Force.
The meeting was howbeit recommenced and conducted under a very tense and terse atmosphere.