Calm returns to Apostolic Church

Calm has been restored at the premises of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) after Tuesday’s action by the youth of the church who held four members of the National Executive Council (NEC) hostage.

Their action was in protest against the purported interdiction of the acting chairman, the Rev Dr Augustine Annor-Yeboah, by the NEC. The present calm could be attributed to the presence of the police who had been deployed to the CAC headquarters to prevent any clashes and possible loss of lives and property.

When the Times arrived at the premises yesterday morning, there was a heavy police presence with a water canon parked in the area. Speaking to the Times Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Obeng-Kyereh, Commander of the Osu Police Station, said that so far only workers at the church were allowed entry.

He said both factions to the dispute were co-operating. ASP Obeng-Kyereh said that the executives were not allowed entry since their supporters who might follow them might clash with the supporters of Rev Dr Annor-Yeboah. Asked when the police would leave the premises, he said: As long as the situation remains unresolved, we could be here.

It recalled that on Tuesday, angry youth of the CAC held four members of the NEC hostage in protest against the purported interdiction of Rev Dr Annor-Yeboah. For about four hours, the acting General Secretary, Rev Michael Nimoh, the field Director, Rev Stephen Larbie, Rev Addai Kusi and the Rev Evans Kuku could not get out of their offices to their vehicles parked at the church premises.

It took the timely intervention of the Police before the executives could drive out of the church premises amidst hooting by the enraged youth. The youth wore red arm bands and chanted No Annor, No CAC, and described the action of the NEC as unconstitutional.