- Kofi Nkansah-Sarkodie, head pastor of Open Arms Ministries, has been arraigned before court for flouting the ban on public gatherings
- The pastor was granted bail in the sum of GHC10,000 with two sureties to be justified
- Pastor Sarkodie was put before court after being arrested twice for the same offence
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Apostle Kofi Nkansah-Sarkodie, the head pastor of Open Arms Ministries, has been put before court following his arrest on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
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Saint Sark, as the pastor is called by his congregants, was arrested for flouting President Nana Akufo-Addo's ban on public gatherings once again.
He was picked up by police personnel at his church premises at North Suntreso as he led congregational worship despite the ban on church services.
Sunday's arrest happened to be the second time as Nkansah-Sarkodie was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for the same offence.
After being whisked away in a police pick-up, he was granted a police enquiry bail under and warned not to breach President Akufo-Addo's directive again.
Following his second arrest, Saint Sark was arraigned before the Asokwa District Court on Monday, March 23, 2020.
According to a report YEN.com.gh monitored on Joy News TV, Saint Sark was charged with "Unlawful assembly contrary to Section 202" and "Offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace contrary to Section 207(1)" of the Criminal Offences Act of 1960.
He has pleaded not guilty and been granted a bail of GHc10,000 with two sureties to be justified while the case was adjourned to March 26, 2020.
As at the time of filing this report, Saint Sark was yet to fulfil his bail requirements and was still in police custody.
Meanwhile, Ghana has closed all of its borders to human traffic effective Sunday, March 22, 2020.
The closure was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a public broadcast on Saturday, March 21, 2020
According to Akufo-Addo, the move is to help reduce the importation of Coronavirus into the country.
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