Kumasi: Pastor arrested for noise making by Ashanti Regional Minister out on bail


Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah 



The head Pastor of the House of Bethel at Anwomaso in Kumasi who was arrested last Saturday for excessive noise making is reportedly traumatized after the incident.

Reverend Kwame Takyi is distraught after the “humiliating arrest,” a church elder said.

The head pastor has declined invitations from the media to comment on the matter since his release.

He was arrested on the orders of Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah for “disturbing his sleep.”

The Minister reportedly stormed the church auditorium with some police officers and ordered an end to an ongoing Watch Night Service.

The church instruments were seized and the pastor was detained from 12:30 am to 8:00 am Saturday.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has commended the Minister for the swift action, saying excessive noise contravenes the Criminal Offences Act 1960.

The Ashanti Regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tasked the police to deal with individuals and churches that flout regulations on noise-making.

But the House of Bethel Head Pastor has been depressed by the arrest and has refused to comment on it.

Meanwhile, the church says it has referred the matter to its lawyers.


Source : myjoyonline.com