High Court Stops Church Convention

( [email protected] ) Dec 11, 2003 09:32 AM EST

The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has halted the annual Conference of Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria billed to commence on Monday in Calabar, Cross River State.

Giving the order in Uyo last Wednesday, Justice G. K. Olotu said the injunction was informed by the flouting of an earlier order restraining proponents of the change of Name of Qua Iboe Church from tampering with the present name of the Church until a substantive suit pending before her is disposed of.

Justice Olotu's order followed a motion for an interim injunction brought before her, by Mr Samuel Ikpo, counsel to those opposed to the name change.

The Judge averred that an earlier order given by her on November 13, that further of name deliberations on the name change be suspended forthwith, was brazenly flouted, an act she described as "deliberate".

She also added that since the proponents of the name change were bent on having an Annual Conference with a contentious name, she had no choice than to halt the Annual Conference while adjourning the case till, December 11.

Counsel to Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria, Etinan Mr. Samuel Ikpo had told the court that those bent on the name change had since the earlier order, gone ahead to issue circulars for meetings including the halted Annual Conference using the name of "United Evangelical Church an illegal and unregistered church."