The Lagos State Police Command has rescued at least 15 people between the ages of 19 and 50 from chains in an illegal healing church in Isheri-Osun, Egbe Idimu LCDA of Lagos.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It was concluded that the church, located on Alafia 26, Oriofe Ijegun Isheri, is known as the Church of Blessings of Goodness.
According to witnesses, some of the victims have been chained for more than four years and could barely walk when they were rescued.
It was learned that some of the victims suffered specific health challenges and were then abandoned on the premises by their families for spiritual healing.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that However, the acting police immediately assaulted the place around 6:10 p.m. Thursday and arrested a prophet Joseph Ojo, 58, the healing house operator, along with ten other suspects.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a deputy superintendent (DSP), said the Prophet admitted to being in the healing ministry since 1986, adding that he chained them to prevent them from escaping.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said: “It was noted that some of the victims had spent five years in the detention camp. They are between 19 and 50 years old.
“Some of them were brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illnesses and other illnesses. The Prophet said he has been in the healing ministry since 1986. The investigation is ongoing,” Elkana said.