The Senior Pastor of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (Glory Dome), Abuja, Paul Enenche, has secretly laid off the Department of State Services lead agent of the church as part of a plot to absolve the church of the continued detention of the five #BuhariMustGo protesters.
SaharaReporters learnt on Thursday that Enenche let go of the church’s DSS lead agent to cover up the church’s involvement all along in the arrest and detention of the activists.
The activists, including a blind church saxophonist, have now spent about two weeks in the DSS detention as families also worry about their welfare and medical care.
The detained activists are; Ben Manasseh, Emmanuel Larry, Samuel Gabriel, Anene Victor Udoka, and Henry Nwodo.
Last Sunday, the family members of the protesters had stormed the Glory Dome in Abuja to protest against the continued detention of their wards, but they were also roundly harassed and molested by the security agents who had mobilised to the premises in large numbers.
Two journalists with Punch Newspaper and Roots TV had also been arrested and whisked away by the DSS and the police to an unknown location before they were released late on Sunday.
SaharaReporters learnt on Thursday that Pastor Enenche had taken a step further to cover up the church’s role in the arrest and detention of the protesters.
“Pastor Enenche in an attempt to cover up the involvement of the church in the matter has asked the lead DSS agent in the church, who the church used in handing them over to the DSS, to leave the church for now.
“Enenche also admitted to the church elders that approached him on the matter that he initially consented to handing them over to the DSS to show to the Buhari regime that he was opposed to the #BuhariMustGo campaign and to punish Sowore for negative reporting against his church,” a top source said.
SaharaReporters had on July 9 reported that the five protesters dragged the church and the DSS to court over their illegal arrest, detention and violation of their human rights.
SaharaReporters had obtained the court papers filed by the activists, bearing their names; Ben Manasseh, Emmanuel Larry, Samuel Gabriel, Anene Victor Udoka, and Henry Nwodo as the applicants.
The respondents are; the State Security Service, the Director-General of the SSS, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Pastor-in-charge of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Pastor Paul Enenche.
The suit is being heard at the Federal High Court of Nigeria; Abuja judicial division.
Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, who had also gone to the church in company of fellow activist, Deji Adeyanju, shared the court papers, noting that the five detained activists had sued the DSS and the church authorities over the violations of their human rights.
#FreeDunamis5 Five 5 activists wearing #BuhariMustGo Tshirts illegally detained by lawless DSS after they were tortured and handed over by @DrPaulEnencheâs @DunamisGospel security have sued the DSS and @DrPaulEnenche over violation of their rights! pic.twitter.com/mEaLLFLC8P
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) July 8, 2021
SaharaReporters had last Tuesday reported that the DSS admitted that it was the Dunamis church which called for the arrest of five human rights activists who wore the #BuhariMustGo T-Shirts to its church service two Sundays ago.