Nigeria: Thugs Storm Church Service, Beat Pastor, Destroy Property Worth Millions

  • In the early hours of Sunday, October 30, Pastor Emmanuel Samuel and members of the Higherlife Generation church prepared for the service as is their tradition.
  • As soon as the sermon began, an earth-moving machine entered the compound and began demolishing the structure.
  • The pastor and his followers were brutalized by the goons who also destroyed property worth millions of shillings

What should have been a beautiful Sunday service in the presence of God turned into chaos and the destruction of church property worth millions of shillings.

Pastor Emmanuel Samuel was beaten inside his church. Photo credit: @DuruCVictor2
Source: UGC

The group of assailants led by gun-wielding police commissioner Henry Njoku also brutalized Pastor Emmanuel Samuel Bares, the general overseer of Higherlife Church.

In a Legit TV interviewEmmanuel revealed that the incident began at 7 a.m. on his way to church with his family when he received calls that there was a bulldozer on the compound.

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“I asked who these people were, they said they don’t know. I then told them to take videos and send me the photos because we were still on our way to come. They said their phones had been seized, preventing them from taking recordings,” he said.

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Pastor Emmanuel manhandled

During a phone conversation, the man of God indicated that the purpose of the ambush was to bring down the temple as they started demolishing the structure before he arrived.

When the pastor arrived at the church, he too was attacked and roughed up by members of the group who had descended on the compound.

“I went inside the church to pray and thank God. They held me there, tore my clothes and started beating me. They dragged me on the ground, as can be seen on the videos,” he continued, adding that he had received more severe beatings. beatings inside the church which were not recorded.

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The pastor expressed his disappointment that the church received no court documents or notice to vacate the premises, they just appeared to tear down the structure.

The pastor said the destroyed tent alone was worth millions, not to mention the equipment which cost him more than 15 million naira (KSh4.1 million), along with power amps and chairs.

Landowner’s son corroborates Pastor Emmanuel’s account

Prince Ken Joseph, son of Chief Patrick, confirmed Pastor Emmanuel’s statements, saying the land belonged to them and was leased to the church.

“My dad rented it to Pastor Emmanuel Samuel. The church had been using it for a while only for one Pedro to come out of the blues and claim the same ground,” he said.

He revealed that Pedro had been prosecuted but refused to appear in court, accusing the police commissioner of taking the law into his own hands.

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Prince accused Njoku of boasting of being bigger than the court and ordered the pastor to leave the place where he would send his boys to destroy it.

While expressing his sadness over the incident, Prince said the matter would be handled legally.

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