Pastor arrested for excessive noise making

arrestThe Head Pastor of the House of Bethel Ministries at Anwomaso High Tension, in Kumasi, Kwame Takyi, was last Saturday dawn arrested by the police for excessive noisemaking.
The arrest was necessitated by the failure of the church to adhere to several appeals by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, and members of the community on noisemaking.
House of Bethel Ministries was said to be holding an all-night service, and resorted to “blowing full watts”, amid songs by worshippers at a very high pitch in the dawn.
The minister, who stays close to the church, was said to be alarmed by the excessive noise, and asked church members to stop the habit.
This, according to eyewitnesses, infuriated some of the junior pastors, who were said to have engaged in verbal exchanges with the minister.
Head pastor of the church, Rev Kwame Takyi, who was leading the service, was said to have urged his members to sing aloud to praise God.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that the Regional Minister, went out of the church and returned in the company of policemen, who arrested the head pastor and sent him to the Tech Police Station, in Kumasi.
When the Ghanaian Times contacted personnel at the Police Station, a source confirmed the story, but said the pastor had been released on police enquiry bail.
According to the source, the pastor after investigation could be prosecuted for noisemaking.
Noise, defined by some authorities as “unwanted sound,” has serious health implications, according to health experts.
Health experts indicate that noise-making may increase your risk of hearing loss, stress, sleep disturbances, heart diseases.
According to health experts, “five decibel noise reduction would reduce the prevalence of high blood pressure by 1.4 per cent and coronary heart disease by 1.8 per cent”.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI

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