The Anambra State government has demolished part of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry which is led by popular Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, also known as Odumeje.
This follows the commencement of the demolition of hundreds of properties built on a drainage route in the state in line with Governor Charles Soludo’s Onitsha Urban Renewal Plan.
The church is also known as Land of Freedom has been tagged, as an “illegal building” by the State Government and earlier marked for demolition for encroaching on a huge canal.
The state government had earlier forewarned that it will demolish about 200 houses marked for the exercise at Onitsha, the commercial city of the state.
Speaking to landlords on the need to start evacuating affected buildings, he said, “You will see us in action if you disobey. The government will come hard on anyone who attempts to disturb the flow of work. We have all it takes to demolish the buildings, just dynamite and the buildings go in a few seconds. We are not coming for a second meeting again with you people.
“There are so many dump sites near residential buildings and water must find its course even if you try to stop it. We don’t want to use force to do it because we are people-oriented.”
Meanwhile, in a viral video online, the popular man of God was seen being manhandled and assaulted by officers of the Anambra state police. Odumeje was pushed around by the officers when he and other senior members of the church tried to stop the demolition exercise.
Several social media reactions have trailed both the demolition of the church and the manhandling of the prophet by the security agents. While many have condemned the demolition of the church, several others have commended the government for taking a bold step to clear the area of illegal structures blocking drainage.