‘Jesus’ second coming’: Another 50 children discovered in underground cell of Ondo church
….Dozens of Nigerians freed from church awaiting ‘second coming’ in Ondo – BBC
July 2, 2022
No fewer than 50 children have been rescued from an underground apartment in a church in Ondo town, Ondo state.
Vanguard gathered that the children were abducted and kept in the underground cells.
The pastor of the church and other accomplices have been arrested by police detectives in the town.
The abducted children were seen in a viral video trending on the social media.
They were seen in a police patrol vehicle which conveyed them to the police station.
A voice was heard in the video 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.”
Spokesperson for the state police command, Funmi Odunlami, confirmed the discovery by police detectives.
Odunlam said the victims had been taken to the Akure headquarters of the Command.
According to her, “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.”
It will be recalled that 22 Almajiri children were rescued from from ECWA confinement in Jos some few days ago.
BBC had reported that police in Nigeria have rescued 77 people, including children, from a church where they were confined in the south-western state of Ondo.
Some of them are believed to have been there for months.
A police spokesperson said many of them had been told to expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in April and had abandoned school to witness the event.
The raid came after a mother complained her children were missing and she thought they were in the church.
Police say they are investigating suspected mass abduction after the raid on the Whole Bible Believers Church in the Valentino area of Ondo Town.
The pastor of the Pentecostal church, David Anifowoshe, and his deputy have been arrested, while the victims have been taken into the care of the authorities.
“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,” said police press officer Funmilayo Odunlami.
In all, police rescued 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adults, she added.
The Second Coming is a Christian belief in the return of Jesus Christ after his Biblical ascension to Heaven. Rapture is the idea that Christian believers will be taken to Heaven at the Second Coming.