Police investigate alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols at Christ Embassy’s Pneumatica Night


Police in Accra are investigating an alleged gathering by the youth of the Christ Embassy Church at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair Centre, Accra, where members of the church allegedly disregarded COVID-19 protocols.

Trending videos of the alleged gathering, dubbed “Pneumatica Night” shows a non-mask-wearing mass crowd, screaming, chanting and dancing to the “evangelism” of non-mask-wearing

According to the police, the event puts the entire country at a high risk of COVID-19 spread at a time when the country is working against a third wave of the virus amidst the challenges in getting jabs for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Police have subsequently locked up the Fantasy Dome where the event was held.

The event was held on Friday, May 30, 2021.

Social media users have criticized the church for the non-adherence of the safety protocols expressing concerns about a possible surge in Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, the police administration stated that it did not provide security at the event because there was no official notice to that effect

Meanwhile, management and leaders of the church are undergoing interrogation over the unlawful development.

“Any person found culpable will be arrested and duly prosecuted”, the police said.

The police also used the opportunity to remind Ghanaians that a breach of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, will be subjected to the sanctions imposed by law.

The global Christ Embassy Church has been loud and clear in its criticisms of the pandemic and the vaccines being administered to slow the rate of infections.

Ofcom had earlier fined a TV network owned by Chris Oyakhilome £125,000 after airing a 29-hour show claiming among others that the virus was “planned” and created by the “deep state”.

Already, pressure Group, Occupy Ghana has called for a probe into circumstances under which the Christ Embassy Youth Church, Airport City organized the event without observing COVID-19 protocols.

Occupy Ghana in a statement made reference to a viral video in which thousands of members of the church were packed in an air-conditioned tent with minimal mask-wearing and no social distancing.

The group in a statement wondered why authorities allowed the event to be held, given the head pastor, Chris Oyakhilome’s stance on the virus.

“We are shocked that the authorities could either actively or negligently allow this event to be held in Accra, especially by a religious organization whose leader actively denies the virus and preaches against the protocols.”

“The government must answer to Ghanaians whether this event was held on its blind side, and if so, how that was possible? Was the police present at the event, and if so, why? Were government officials invited and were they present? Were the venue owners present, and did they take any steps to prevent or stop this?”

Source: citinewsroom