Many worshippers had to purchase nim tree branches to protect themselves from the scorching sun
A church programme by the founder and leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua in Accra Tuesday has caused an unprecedented traffic in the capital and virtually brought vehicular movement to a halt.
Thousands of worshipers flocked the church on the Spintex Road to be a part of the historic visit of the popular man of God who has millions of followers across the world.
As early as 2am Tuesday, the road to the church was choked with vehicles as people travel from as far as Benin into Ghana to see the Nigerian prophet. The situation attracted huge media attention.
However, some journalists who went to the area to report on the situation motorists describe as "chaotic" were detained for several hours by security personnel of the church.
Their crime, Emmanuel Anteh, a journalist with Joy News on Multi-TV, narrated to Myjoyonline.com, was that they did not seek permission before filming the chaotic situation at the church premises.
Anteh was detained together with his cameraman, Gilbert Azu, without any explanation.
Another group of journalists from NET 2 Television were detained for more than six hours.
Due to the historic church service, the entire Spintex enclave has been swamped by a fleet of cars, causing heavy and unbearable traffic on an already traffic prone road.
Although the service was billed to start at 7am, reports say people started arriving as early as 2am.
Nim tree branches selling hot for GH˘1
Although the church has provided tents for worshipers outside the main auditorium, that was clearly not enough as hundreds of patrons sat in the sun.
Some used cloth, books, cartons, and file to cover themselves from the ray of the sun.
Some unscrupulous persons took advantage of the situation to sell branches of nim trees to some of those escaping the scorching sun. For them, GHC1.00 is a small price to pay for a nim tree branch to protect yourself from the heat whilst you wait for your miracle to be delivered by Prophet T.B. Joshua.
Chief Superintendent Alhaji Mohammed Suraj, Commanding Officer of the Accra Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) told Joy News in an interview that they are working to control the traffic situation in the area.
He said effective mechanisms have been put in place to ensure smooth vehicular movement as well as uninterrupted church service.