Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Part 2 (Read Part One in yesterday's entry)

June 9, 2014
LAGOS, NIGERIA (UNS - Unsaintly News Service)

M'be To'moro, head of the Nigerian state police force, issued an order to Anglican Confessing Crusading Christian Honchos (ACCH) convention delegates to leave the country within 24 hours.

To'moro refused a request for an interview, but an aide who wished to remain anonymous quoted To'moro as saying, "We don't want to get in the way of the wrath of God," a reference to a statement, alleged to have come from God, giving the ACCCH group seven days to repent from their stand excluding God from their activities.

It's unknown exactly how many have been attending the conference of the highly secretive group. Archbishop Pete Granola, head of the province of Nigeria in the Confessing Anglican Union and ACCCH leader, was unavailable for comment.

The Rev. David C. Handyman, North American Chapter President of the ACCCH, had earlier claimed more than 100,000 members, but analysts said this figure is an exaggeration and put the total at 108 worldwide members. How many of those have been at the convention is unknown.

In the United States, only one diocese remains affiliated with the conservative Union, with only 14 active members of the ACCCH, according to a University of Northsouth study completed last month. Two other dioceses earlier left the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, which they labeled "revisionist" and "heretical," but have since returned to their original affiliations, calling the newly formed group dictatorial and oppressive.

Officials at the Lagos airport indicate that the departure rate for visitors traveling on visas or passports is up 50 percent. Overall, departures from the airport are up 40 percent and outbound flights are booked solid the next five days, sources reported.

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