The Nigerian Federal Government has reportedly demolished twelve (12) churches in the Festac area of Lagos state. ayokinews.com reports
The churches which were located on the 2nd Avenue in Festac Town, was demolished by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), following the claims that the religious worship houses were constructed on illegal plot of lands.
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Deputy Director, Social Security and Intergovernmental Relations, Lagos Chapter, Pastor Barnabas Otoibhi, while speaking to newsmen, confirmed the incident.
Speaking about the demolition of the churches by the FG, one of the Pastors of the demolished churches, Pst. Joshua Obong told newsmen that his church was targeted by Nigerian Federal Government for demolition while claiming that his church had been erected on the land for the past 18 years.
“The officials first came last week and started marking our buildings. After they were done, they left and returned two days later. That was when they gave us a seven day notice, which expired last Wednesday.
“On Sunday morning, around 5am, we suddenly saw bulldozers at the First Gate, FESTAC Town. They got to my church at exactly 11am; they demolished all the churches along the road, except the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Communion Chapel and CPM, which they spared.”
As at the time of filing this report, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), has not yet released an official statement on the demolition.