By Onome Oghenetega
At least three pastors were on Sunday arrested for allegedly violating the sit-at-home order of the Delta State government aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
The clerics were said to be conducting Easter Sunday services at different churches in Warri and Uvwie Local council areas of the state when a team of police detectives swooped on them on Sunday morning.
The police team was led by the Commander of the Warri Area Command, ACP Muktar Garba.
The three pastors (names withheld) are of St. James Anglican Church, Ojabugbe, All Saint Anglican Church, Airport Road and Christ for the World Mission in Uvwie.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state police command had on Saturday directed all Christians in the state to observe the Easter Sunday celebration from home over the outbreak of the virus in the state.
Delta has so far recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one of the patient being confirmed death before the results of his sample was released.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya, confirmed the arrest of the pastors but could not give details at the time of filing this report.