Christ the King Church in Accra has banned backpacks as part of new directives to beef up security at the church.
The move comes in the wake of the threat of terrorism that has gripped the country.
The new security measures are also part of a national campaign to scale up their internal security at churches.
The new security directive published in Sunday’s edition of the church’s Weekly Bulletin explained that the recent terror attacks on Catholic churches in Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka have necessitated the new security measure. The directive also includes a complete audit of the security system will be done. There will also be the recruitment and training of new ushers,” the bulletin said.
The church also told parishioners to quickly raise an alarm about suspicious persons or actions. According to the Parish Priest, Rev Father Andrew Campbell the taxi station sited close to the church will be relocated as part of the new security measures.
He added that a ban had been placed on the use of motorcycles at the church premises.
The newly published security directive indicated policemen would be deployed during Sunday church services and other occasions.
Several policemen were spotted both inside and outside the main church auditorium last Sunday. Christ the King Church, one of the popular churches in Accra is yards away from the seat of government, Jubilee House.
Chief Imam, Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, recently visited the Church as part of activities to symbolize his prayer for peace and religious co-existence during the celebration of his 100th birthday.