Covid-19: four held during the religious service of Pneumatica Night

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Police said more people will be brought to justice for their involvement in violating Covid-19 protocols during the ‘Pneumatica Night’ church service hosted by Pneumatica Night on May 2 this year.

The police are therefore asking a circuit court in Accra to give them a few days so that they can modify the charges and bring the people to court.

The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu told the court on Monday.

Meanwhile, four people have been arraigned for organizing the all-night service by the church at Fantasy Dome in the Ghana International Trade Fair Center.

They are Alex Asomani, Wilson Delali Agyemang, Kumi Nutifafa.

The three were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, namely: failure to comply with the restrictions imposed and failure to comply with the restrictions imposed.

Edmond Dapaah, the facilities manager for the Fantasy Dome at the Trade Fair Center, was also on the platform.

He is being held for complicity in a crime.

All of the defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They obtained a deposit of 80,000 GHC each with two deposits each.

The case was adjourned until June 23.

Continuing, Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu told the court that police gathered information that the youth wing of Christ Embassy Church in Ghana held a night service dubbed ‘Pneumatic Night’ at Fantasy Dome in the fairgrounds, without complying with COVID-19 security protocols.

He said that video footage of said church service was also quoted on various social media platforms and in the video it was observed that worshipers were not wearing face or nasal masks.

Chief Inspector Apiorsornu said based on the intelligence gathered, the police went to the fairgrounds where they met the centre’s security chief Judge Tuuru Konlan.

The prosecution said security confirmed to police that Christ Embassy Church held the said program on April 30 this year, starting at around 2,000 hours at the Fantasy Dome in the fairgrounds and closed on the morning of May 1.

The management of the Fantasy Dome has not officially informed the management of the fairground of this program, he said.

The prosecution said police carried out an inspection of the Fantasy Dome, as well as the Round Lodge.

“When measuring the intervals between the arranged chairs, it was observed that the one-meter rule of social distancing between worshipers was not observed,” he said.

“In addition, there was no ventilation of fresh air and the church depended on air conditioners.”

According to the prosecution, further investigations revealed that the program exceeded the maximum duration of two hours.

As a result, Asomani, Agyeman, Nutifafa, the organizers of the all-night church service were arrested by the police.

The prosecution said that Dapaah, the facility manager at the Fantasy Dome, was also arrested by police for questioning.

He said in their investigative and warning statements, these suspects could not give any “tangible” reason for flouting the Covid-19 protocols.

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