Death threats on Pastors Church leaders need education on basic security tips - CCG

About five pastors belonging to the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) last week, received death threats on their lives and families from an unknown individual demanding money from them.

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General Secretary of CCG, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong play

General Secretary of CCG, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong

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The Christian Council of Ghana (CGG) has called on security agencies to collaborate with church leaders on how to effectively train their congregation on basic security tips in the wake of recent threats on the lives of some pastors.

About five pastors belonging to the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) last week, received death threats on their lives and families from an unknown individual demanding money from them.

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Commenting on the matter, the General Secretary of the Council, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong said “Churches or pastors bring people together. Whether it is evening, Sunday or all-night meetings, workshops and all kinds of programs, they bring hundreds if not thousands of people together. Therefore, there’s the need for education”.

“Pastors must be trained and we should not stop learning. We must get ourselves ready. We can’t hide behind anything so we must do things right,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.

He argued that criminals have found a way to issue death threats because telecommunication networks have failed to respond to calls that most of their SIM cards are not registered.

“Per our laws at the moment, every SIM card must be registered. But we have been made aware that the number being used to spread this threat has not been registered. How come that we now have unregistered numbers in the system?" he asked.

The General Overseer of the Miracle Life Gospel Church, Rev. Gordon Kisseih, who has been a victim of such threats earlier told Accra-based Joy FM that he reported the incident to the Police, after which a patrol team was dispatched to the area.

He said the police called the number behind the text message, only for the receiver to respond that he wasn't in Accra but Nsawam.

“The person sent a second threat message after the police had left, saying that not even the police can unravel their network and that his identity cannot be disclosed,” he added.

Meanwhile, Police in Tema Community 11 have indicated that investigations have began into the matter, adding that residents, pastors and the lives of their families are safe.

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