Warrant issued for arrest of pastor over sanitary offence

District Court in Tema has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the head pastor of Life-Changing Ministry Church, for failure to provide a sanitary facility on the church premises, at Community Three, in the Tema West Municipal Assembly.

The court presided over by Mr Festus FoviNukunu issued the bench warrant after accused failed to appear before the court on April 21, 2022.

The bench warrant was issued for him to appear before the court on May 19, 2022.

The head pastor has been accused of indiscriminately dumping and burning of refuse on church premises and non-compliance with a statutory notice.

The prosecution, led by Issah Ali-Hassan, said on November 5, 2019, Environmental Health Officers inspected the premises of the church.

Mr Ali-Hassan said officers noticed that the premises were overgrown with weeds, apart from the dumping and burning of refuse, and the unavailability of toilet facilities.

Prosecution said the church had not registered with any accredited service providers for the collection and proper disposal of refuse.

Mr Ali-Hassan told the court that a statutory notice was issued to abide by sanitary practices to the satisfaction of the Environmental Health Authority.

He said summons was applied and served for the pastor to appear before court, but he failed to appear.

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