The pastor and his lawyers arrived at the Ja-Ela Police Station at approximately 10:30 a.m. for the inquiry. The Headquarters Inspector (HQI) and around 15 members of the traders’ association were also present. The townspeople accused the pastor of conducting an unauthorised place of worship and demanded action be taken to close the church. The HQI, affirmed that the pastor was well within his rights to conduct his religious worship activities and that no one should interfere. The townspeople, however, continued to voice their opposition to the church so the HQI stated that he would refer the matter to the courts.
The Fellowship of Free Churches, to which the pastor’s church belongs, is incorporated through an Act of Parliament.