A Christ Embassy church has had its Pastor and 30 members of the congregation fined the whooping sum of $35,000, which amounts about N14million for holding illegal church service in New South Wales, Australia.
The clergy, a Nigerian, Pastor Marvin Osaghae, who heads the Christ Embassy Sydney church was said to have been slammed the fine on Sunday, 22nd August, hours after he led a prayer for an end to lockdown with the congregation.As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, about 60 people, including children, who travelled from COVID-19 hotspot suburbs, attended the church gathering, despite the lockdown. The clergy was also said to have declared to the congregation that lockdown in over.
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The media confirmed that 30 adults were each fined $1000 (#411,550) for failing to comply with a COVID-19 direction, while the Christ Embassy church itself was fined $5000 (2,057,750) for “a gathering held in a defiance of a lockdown aimed at preventing more deaths and reining in the more than 800 new cases NSW is recording each day”.