The infamous Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, alias Odumeje, owned the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention and Deliverance Ministry in Onitsha, which was demolished yesterday by a task force organized by the Anambra State government.
As part of the Onitsha Urban Renewal Plan, led by Governor Charles Soludo, the church was designated for demolition in April after being found to be one of the structures on a drainage channel.
Odumeje attempted to stop the officials from dismantling his church during the demolition exercise, but was violently handled by security personnel assigned to the task force.
In a widely shared video, security personnel—including police officers and vigilantes—were seen abusing the cleric.
He received multiple slaps, and armed security guards stopped him from going to the demolition area.
The church was demolished for the reasons given by Governor Soludo.
In a statement released by his chief press secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo claimed that the clergyman disobeyed a government order to demolish an illegal building he had erected on a waterway.
According to the statement, “The Anambra state government has started demolishing such structures 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.
“The exercise, which is being conducted by a combined government task force, started on Bida Road beside Modebe Avenue in Fegge Onitsha.
“Among the affected structures are the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministries, as well as stores and other boundary barriers.”