UK Fines Pastor Chris Oyakhilome N65.6m Over COVID-19 Sermon

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Nigerian , Chris and his religious channel, Loveworld has been fined N65.6 million by the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications better known as Ofcom.

Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.

The statement read in part, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.”

On December 1 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19.

According the agency, these claims included the notion that the was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be used implant ‘nanochips’ that can control and cause harm of the public and the debunked theory that the virus was somehow caused by 5G.

The station said it was unfortunate that the station could continue spread such information despite previous warnings.

The statement further read, “Ofcom stresses that legitimate debate about the  response  the coronavirus pandemic is fundamental holding public authorities account during a global health crisis - particularly when public freedoms are curtailed and complex policy decisions are being taken.

“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this  were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a of assurances as to how it would its compliance procedures.”

, heads Christ Embassy church headquartered in Lagos, has in the last one year encouraged his to ignore COVID-19 protocols.

He recently asked his not to take COVID-19 vaccines.