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The Federal Housing Authority(FHA) has demolished 12 churches in Lagos for reportedly being built on Illegal plot of lands.

The churches which are located on 2nd Avenue in Festac were brought down to rubble on Sunday.

Following the report of the Deputy Director, Social Security and Intergovernmental Relations, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Lagos State, Pastor Barnabas Otoibhi, confirmed that a total of 12 churches were brought down.

The deputy reported that the churches were demolished by the government after its pastors were accused of “encroachment and erecting illegal structures”. Punch reports that one of the Church pastors, Joshua Obong of Gate of Righteousness Evangelical International Church, claimed that his church was ‘targeted’, questioning why the demolition came only after 7-day notice.

Joshua Obong revealed that he had run the church there for 18 years before the authorities destroyed it.

He stated:

“The officials first came last week and started marking our buildings. After they were done, they left and returned two days later. That was when they gave us a seven-day notice, which expired last Wednesday.”

“On Sunday morning, around 5am, we suddenly saw bulldozers at the First Gate, FESTAC Town. They got to my church at exactly 11am; they demolished all the churches along the road, except the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Communion Chapel and CPM, which they spared.”

William Ehiorenren, a pastor also described the incident as part of a plot to sell the lands to ‘moneybags’. He said:

“They want to re-allocate the land and sell to moneybags and make millions. I have not seen where seven days would be given for people to vacate their property”.

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is expected to address the demolition in a press conference on Wednesday.

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