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It has emerged that Apostle Sampson Agakpe, the pastor who was convicted for flouting the ban of public gatherings has been freed.

Two other members of the church who were also convicted have also been freed.

They were reportedly freed after the payment of their fines by Apostle Richard Buafor, the immediate past General Overseer of the Lord’s Pentecostal Church.

News of their release was made known by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), John Dramani Mahama who had earlier championed calls for clemency for them.

“Thank you very much Apostle Richard Buafor. I am informed that Apostle Sampson Agakpe and his two other church colleagues have, apparently, been freed following the payment of a fine of GH¢26,400.00 by Apostle Buafor, who is the immediate past General Overseer of the Lord’s Pentecostal Church”.

Apostle Sampson Agakpe, the founder of the Church of Pure Christ, Assistant Pastor, Maxwell Dzogoedzikpe and Church Secretary, Samuel Agakpe were arrested on April 12 for holding a church service contrary to the president’s orders.

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They were arraigned before the Kpando Circuit Court where they pleaded guilty to flouting the ban put in place under the Imposition of Restrictions Act 2020 and subsequently sentenced.

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Mr. Agakpe and his accomplices were fined GH¢13,200 each, or to serve four years in prison in default.

As of Thursday, April 16, the convicts had failed to pay the monies totaling GH¢39,600 and they were sent to the Ho Central Prison to begin their four-year sentence.

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