50 ‘kidnapped’ kids rescued from Ondo church basement told to await Jesus by September
About 50 children were reportedly found in an underground apartment of a church in the Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State, Friday evening.
The children were suspected to have been kidnapped and kept in the underground apartment of the church.
A source said the victims were over 50 while the police had rescued them and arrested the pastor and some members of the church.
In a viral video, the children were seen in a patrol vehicle of the police who took them to the police station.
In the one minute, 40 seconds video, a voice was heard saying, “They are kidnapped children found in the underground cell of a church in the 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.
When contacted, the state police public relations officer of the state command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the victims had been taken to the Akure headquarters of the command.
“I don’t have the details yet but they are bringing the victims to the headquarters. I will give you the details as soon as I get it from the DPO,” the PPRO stated.
Meanwhile, a group, Ekimogun Youths Connect, has disclosed that the kids have been kept in the custody of the church for over six months.
The group, in a statement issued by its president, Mr Famakinwa Lucaskakaki, said it swung into action together with the police and the Amotekun officers to rescue the victims.
The statement read in part, “About 14:00hrs of yesterday, Friday 1st of July, 2022, I was reliably informed that a particular Church in Valentino, Ondo City, called ‘Ondo Church’ locked people up in the church for over six months, telling them that Jesus Christ will come and meet them by September this year.
“The National President of the Great Constitutional Rights and Justice Forum, in person of Comrade Omotayo Omolayo, was also briefed and we mobilised down to the venue and we met about 50 people locked up in the church.
“The church has rooms where the pastor locked his members. The process of rescuing these ones with the help of Police officers, Amotekun, Atariajanaku and vigilante group, caused a lot of pandemonium that the people under lock started beating us.
“The pastor, the church workers and the people under lock have been arrested and whisked to Akure.”
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