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Police storm mosque in Ogun, disperse worshippers (video)

Men of Ogun State Police command on Friday stormed Najomo Central Mosque in Adatan area of Abeokuta and disperse the congregation which was planning to observe the weekly Jumat prayer.

It was reports that the congregation numbering about 60 were ordered to go out of the mosque by the police.

Newsacross.com learnt that the Police stormed the mosque when sermon was going on.

The State Government had earlier placed ban on gathering above 20 in the state so as to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

It gathered that, the congregation was dispersed by the task force monitoring team set up by the State Government to ensure compliance to the ban.

Speaking with newsmen on why they observed Jumat prayers despite government order, the Chief Imam of the Mosque, Barrister Taiwo Moshood insisted that the virus cannot enter the mosque.

He stressed that the mosque is a sanctuary place.

He said they were in the mosque to pray against the pandemic disease.
He said the congregation were 15 when he started the sermon.

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According to him, what the government said is that we should not be more than 50. When we are to start the sermon we are 15.

He added, “the government did not say we should close the mosque.

He accused the leader of the team of been biased

“What we came here for is to pray for the Muslim and Nigeria concerning the virus.

“I told some people to wait outside and ensure they don’t allow people to join us. But, when they started hearing the prayers I was making for the state and Nigeria, some of them were forced to enter the mosque.

“I did not violate any rule of the government. I am part of the government.

“I am the Imam here and I am telling you what is in the sharia.

“The governor should have told you to arrest us and charge us to court, I am ready for that.”

The Chief Imam insisted that he is not endangering the life of the congregation.

He said, “I am not endangering any life because the virus will not come into the mosque. It is a sanctuary, it will not come into the mosque.

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“I am assuring you, I am an Islamic scholar of repute, it will not come to the mosque.

“I have a friend in Jeddah who came to Saudi yesterday and phoned me that the Kaaba was wide open because it is a sanctuary that people should come and pray for world epidemic.”

In his reaction, the Wakeel Muslim for Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Sheikh Iskeel described the action of the Imam as disobedience to constituted authority.

The Islamic leader disclosed different sensitisation programme have been going to educate the Imams in the state on why they should not observed congregation prayers for now.

He said, “The imama disobey the authority of league of Imams and Alfas in Ogun state and the government.

“We have warned all Islamic leaders not to come to mosque, but he disobey that.”

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