LAGOS, Nigeria 

Security forces in southwest Nigeria evacuated worshippers from churches as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Police and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) stormed some churches in the southwestern cities of Abeokuta and Lagos on Sunday to stop mass gatherings, witnesses told Anadolu Agency.

“Some policemen and civil defence corps came to our church located within Abeokuta city and chased away worshippers. We ended the service abstruptly,” church-goer David Oyewole told Anadolu Agency.

Lagos and other states in the country recently announced bans on large gatherings — including

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