The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has urged churches in the territory to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as they prepare for the crossover night service.
Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of FCT COVID-19 Task Force, Mr Ikharo Attah, gave the advice on Wednesday at a news conference in Abuja.
Attah urged church leaders to obey the government’s directives to avert the spread of COVID-19.
He warned that a combined team of the task force will go round the city to monitor compliance during the services.
Attah stressed the need for worshippers to support the decision of the government that would promote the progress and development of the territory.
“As enforcement team that takes directive from the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, we are working in collaboration with leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels and league of Imams.
“We have discussed with religious leaders the need to obey the COVID-19 protocols, so all those who will be engaging in crossover night worship service must adhere strictly to the guidelines.
“They should put on their face mask, provide a washing hand basin as well as keep physical distancing,” he said.
Attah, who said that worship centres should not be overcrowded, asked worshippers to join the programme through online platforms.
“For those who will not comply, we will not overlook them jeopardise the lives of others, those that fail to comply will be brought before the court for prosecution.
“Again, the centre where the protocol is flouted will be shut.
“We appeal to religious leaders and the worshippers to obey the COVID-19 protocols.”
Attah insisted that any worship centre found contravening the COVID-19 protocols would be made to face the wrath of the law.