Almost $50,000 in fines have been handed out to churchgoers who broke public health orders by attending a service in Sydney's west.


Sixty people, including children, travelled to The Christ Embassy at Blacktown from COVID hotspots on Sunday evening. 

Police were called to Fourth Avenue after a member of the public contacted Crime Stoppers.

The service — which was streamed live on Facebook — was led by Pastor Martin Osaghae.

During a different service earlier in the day, Mr Osaghae called for an end to lockdowns.

"In the name of Jesus, we refuse every lockdown in our cities, in the name of Jesus go ahead and pray," he told the congregation.

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NSW Police have issued more fines on top of the $35,000 for COVID-19 breaches after an illegal gathering in Blacktown.(

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Hours after the evening service, 30 people were fined $1,000 each for breaching the public health orders — including Mr Osaghae.

Police fined him and another 27 people $500 on Wednesday for failing to wear or carry a mask at the illegal gathering.

Mr Osaghae was also served a prohibition order, which prevents the church from operating for a week.

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Police have issued an additional 22 penalty infringement notices for the gathering. (

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The Christ Embassy has been fined $5,000 — taking the total number of fines issued to $49,000.

"Inquiries revealed there was no QR code present at the entry to the building," a NSW Police spokesperson said.

"Those in attendance were from various LGAs including Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool."

The Christ Embassy was founded by Chris Oyakhilome, who previously urged his followers against getting COVID-19 vaccinations.

Its main headquarters are in Lagos, Nigeria.

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