Assemblies of God church in Nigeria has been embroiled in a leadhership battle for months.
The battle is presently between Dr. Chidi Okoroafor and Professor Paul Emeka over who mans the General Superintendent
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, who was once Professor Emeka’s deputy, claims his former boss has suspended by the General Council and ex-communicated him from the church.
Factions loyal to Professor Paul Emeka has refused that stance.
That leadership tussle has trickled down to local pastors.
This Sunday, a clash broke out between supporters of Paul Emeka and Chidi Okoroafor in Saminaka, Lere local government area of Kaduna state.
A police source told news correspondents that two pastors in the area and their supporters clashed with each other.
Both factions are led by Rev. Jimoh Simon and Rev. Haruna Tutu.
The police officer Senior confirmed that over 20 persons were injured and homes of the two pastors were razed by the rival gangs.
The incident occurred on a Sunday morning!
“This Sunday one of the factions forced their way into the Church, and the other factions came.
“They clashed and injured some people. In the course of the fracas, two houses belonging to pastors were set ablaze.
“What saved the situation was the timely arrival of our men.
“If not, it would have been bloody and worse.
“Security operatives are presently watching over Church and trailing those responsible for this unfortunate incident.”
The police officer also said that the Church was closed down last year due to fractionalization among priests loyal to different leaderships at their headquarters in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
The leadership tussle had gone to court houses in Enugu State.
The struggle even went up to the supreme court.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court refused to grant an injunction seeking to stop Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka from parading himself as the General Superintendent of the Church.
Assemblies of God church has had a protracted leadership crisis dividing it into two groups.
Governor El Rufai’s office is yet to react to the recent clashes.