Ondo State Police Command on Saturday said it rescued 77 people from suspected abduction at The Whole Bible Believers Church in Ondo Town, Ondo West Local Government Area.
The Command’s spokesperson Funmilayo Odunlami in a statement said that the rescue operation was possible following the intelligence report gathered by the police at Fagun Division, Ondo Town.
According to the Odunlami, it was gathered that some children were being harboured at the church.
“Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them.
“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.
“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,” she said.
Odunlami noted that the two pastors are in police custody, adding that investigation had commenced and the outcome would be made known to the public.