Funmilayo Odunlami, the state police command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the arrest of two pastors allegedly involved in the abduction saga.
According to the PPRO, some members of the church where the victims were discovered were also arrested by police who stormed the church after receiving a tip.
She stated that the incident occurred at The Whole Bible Believers Church, also known as Ondo Church, which is located in the Valentino area of Ondo.
According to the police image maker, policemen were sent to the church to invite the pastor and church members, but when they saw the police, they attacked them.
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“Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant pastor in the church, was the one who told the members that the Rapture would take place in April, but later said it had been changed to September, 2022, and further told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord,” she writes.
“Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter, a Part 3 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.
“In all, 77 members including 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adult members were rescued from the church.
“The two pastors are in police custody; investigation has commenced, and the outcome will be made known to the members of the public,” she added.