The distraught congregation of the Anglican Church of Healing Cross, Oparanozie Street, Owerri, has issued a distress call to the Imo State government to come to their aid following a recent total demolition of their Church by officials of Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA).
Making the call through their Priest, Rev Mike Obi, the congregation noted that since their church was razed to the ground, the over 1000 members have nowhere to worship God and to carry out church activities.
Narrating their ordeal to Christian Voice, Rev. Obi said that OCDA pasted a REMOVE notice on the wall of the church on Tuesday and that on Thursday, two days later, OCDA sent their demolition squad which, with their heavy machines, razed the entire church complex to the ground.
He said he had after the notice, made desperate efforts to see the OCDA director to stop the demolition but failed as he was told that the director ws not on seat.
He disclosed that church property worth over N15 million were lost in the exercise adding that the land on which the church was sited was bought from an individual and that the church was to have been officially dedicated in September this year.
Rev. Obi then passionately appealed to the State government to re-allocate land to the church preferably in the same area to be in touch with members of the church, as the church was planted in the area about 15 years ago primarily to bring the Gospel to their door-steps.
Again he pleaded for compensation for the loss incurred by the church.
Rev Obi however, stated that members of the church have not ceased praying fervently to God since the incident and assured that God never abandons the faithful in periods of distress.