Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra State has explained that the demolition of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry owned by controversial Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, was because the Church was built on the ‘Nwangele’ waterway.
Governor Soludo also said that Prophet Ohanamere, who is also popularly known as Ndaboski or Liquid Metal, was given long period of notice to remove the building located in the commercial city of Onitsha but said that the notice was ignored.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, the Governor said the cleric’s church was in March this year identified by the government as one of the buildings sitting on drainage channels, and marked for demolition, in line with Onitsha Urban Renewal Plan spearheaded by Soludo-led administration.
Said the statement: “Following the expiration of the more than two weeks notice beginning from April 2022 served on developers and building owners who built several illegal structures along the waterway in Fegge and environs within Onitsha, Anambra state government has begun demolition of such structures.
“The exercise which is being carried out by a joint government task force, commenced the exercise from Bida Road by Modebe Avenue, Fegge Onitsha. The affected buildings include Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministries, shops and other perimeter fences.
“The structures were marked since April, 2022 and all developers and building owners were served notice to remove such illegal structures”, the State Government added.
Eye witnesses said that during Thursday’s demolition exercise, Odumeje was physically manhandled by security operatives attached to the Task Force team when the Prophet attempted to stop the demolition of his church.
A video showing the manhandling of the cleric has gone viral and attracted both condemnation and commendation for the Anambra State Government.