Police officers have reportedly taken over the entrances of Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu and the residence of Bishop Callistus Onaga at Independence Layout, Enugu over protest by supporters of Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka.
The protest, according to a report by The News Guru (TNG), followed the ban on Catholic faithful from worshipping at the Adoration Ministry of Mbaka in Enugu. State.
The deployment of security operatives to the two premises was to avoid a repeat of last year’s incidents, according to the report.
Hundreds of the followers of Fr Mbaka had last year stormed the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu and destroyed valuables worth millions.
They were protesting the sudden disappearance of their Spiritual Director, who was allegedly invited to the Cathedral by the operatives of the Department of State Services(DSS).
The report said that three patrol vans, fully loaded with police operatives, barricaded the two entrances to the street of the Bishop’s home at Independence Layout, Enugu.
At the Old Market Road, Enugu, where Holy Ghost Cathedral is situated, security operatives were stationed at various entrances to the church.
A source was quoted to have said that the security operatives were at the venue to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
“Didn’t you hear about these Church people and their wahala? That’s why we’re here to prevent any problem,” the source said.
Members of Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry had, on Sunday, trooped to the streets of Umuchigbo to protest the ban on the Adoration Ministry Enugu, headed by the priest.
The Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most. Rev. Callistus Onaga had, on Saturday, banned all priests and Catholic faithful from attending Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry, following the priest’s scathing remarks on Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Mbaka had, on Wednesday, at his Adoration ground, said Obi would never be the president because he was a stingy man, adding that the politician was cursed.
The Priest’s remarks drew heavy criticisms from various quarters, prompting the embattled priest to backtrack and apologise for maligning Obi and injuring his supporters.