Police Rescue Children Allegedly Held Hostage Underground of Church in Ondo

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The Police in Ondo State have rescued over 50 children from an underground apartment of a church in the Valentino area of Ondo town in the state.

In a viral video trending on the social media, a voice among the abducted children was heard saying: “There are kidnapped children found in the underground cell of a church in Valentino Area of Ondo.

“The pastor and some members of the church have been arrested and were also in the patrol van of the police.”

Briefing newsmen, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the victims had been taken to the command’s headquarters in Akure.

In a statement issued after the news broke, she explained that the police to action following intelligence report gathered by the Police at Fagun Division, Ondo Town, “that some children are being harboured at The Whole Bible Believers Church AKA Ondo Church, Valentino area, Ondo Town”.

“Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them,” she added.

Consequently, she said two of the church’s pastors were arrested and are in custody.

“In all, 77 members – Twenty Six (26) children, Eight (8) teenagers and Forty-Three (43) adult members were rescued,” she disclosed.

Although investigations are still ongoing, the Police PRO provided an update on the findings.

She said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an Assistant Pastor in the Church was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April but later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord.”

It was gathered that some of the children and youths that were picked from the church had been staying there for weeks.

“Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter a part three student, dropped out of school due to the strange teachings of the Pastor and left home in January 2022 to start living in the Church,” the police spokesperson said.

Details later…


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