- For violating the lockdown order, Bayelsa state task force on COVID-19 has arrested nine pastors
- The pastors reportedly conducted Sunday worship activities in their various churches in violation of the directive
- According to the task force, the pastors who are currently in detention will soon be charged to court
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Bayelsa state task force on COVID-19 has arrested at least nine pastors belonging to various denominations in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Nation reports that the pastors were arrested for conducting Sunday worship activities in their various churches in violation of the lockdown order in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that those arrested were Pastors P. B. Barima; Timi Aaron; Adaba Glory; and Chris Ezene.
Others are Plus B. James; Prophet Alfred Munemune; Daniel Owi; Sardauna Oguta; and Tony Samugba.
According to the task force, the pastors were being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yenagoa, and would be charged to court soon.
Legit.ng notes that many religious clerics across Nigeria have been arrested for violating the lockdown directive which is put in place to contain the spread of the infectious disease.
According to the data released on Sunday, May 3, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the federal health agency managing the pandemic, Bayelsa state currently has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The nationwide data from the NCDC shows that Nigeria has 2,558 confirmed cases, with 400 recoveries and 87 deaths.
Nigeria which has only conducted 17,566 tests has one of the highest cases and deaths in Africa.
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In another related report, four relatives of the Bayelsa state index case of coronavirus have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was confirmed on Friday, May 1, during a press conference in Yenagoa.
The co-chairman of the Bayelsa state task force on COVID-19, Inodu Apoku, said the four confirmed cases were among the 60 samples sent to the Irrua Reference Laboratory for the test.
He pointed out that the four confirmed cases who had since been placed on self-isolation have been evacuated to the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Isolation centre, where they would be managed and closely monitored.
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