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SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT MOVES FAST TO QUELL TENSION OVER RELIGIOUS HATE SPEECH: Sierra Leone’s ministry of religious affairs has taken swift steps to indefinitely suspend the operating licence of a church established by a Nigerian pastor – Victor Ajisafe, who last weekend caused national outrage, after preaching religious hate sermon to his congregation in Freetown.

The Sanctuary Praise Church founded by Victor Ajisafe has been sealed off by police. And after his arrest yesterday, the Nigerian Pastor is still being held by police in Freetown while investigations are being conducted, Sierra Leone Telegraph has been informed.

Police say that he is also being held in custody for his own protection, awaiting decision by the government as to whether he will be charged for inciting mass religious disturbance and possibly violence.

The Nigerian pastor was caught on video delivering his incendiary hate speech against Islam, referring to Muslims as non-existent. “There is no such thing as Islam in the history of Sierra Leone,” he said, thus  questioning the legitimacy of 75% of the population of Sierra Leone who class themselves as Muslims.

“There are only two religions in Sierra Leone – you have idol worshiping and Christianity,” the Nigerian pastor told his congregation.

As calls for the imprisonment and subsequent deportation of the pastor grow, the Nigerian community in Sierra Leone have today published a statement dissociating itself from the countryman and his hate speech. This is what they said today:

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SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT MOVES FAST TO QUELL TENSION OVER RELIGIOUS HATE SPEECH: Sierra Leone’s ministry of religious affairs has taken swift steps to indefinitely suspend the operating licence of a church established by a Nigerian pastor – Victor Ajisafe, who last weekend caused national outrage, after preaching religious hate sermon to his congregation in FreetownThe Sanctuary Praise Church founded by Victor Ajisafe has been sealed off by police. And after his arrest yesterday, the Nigerian Pastor is still being held by police in Freetown while investigations are being conducted, Sierra Leone Telegraph has been informed.Police say that he is also being held in custody for his own protection, awaiting decision by the government as to whether he will be charged for inciting mass religious disturbance and possibly