How 15 inmates of Lagos church were rescued

By Precious Igbonwelundu

The illegal centre discovered at Isheri- where about 15 chained persons were rescued was uncovered following a distress to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, The Nation learnt on Sunday.

It was gathered that someone had sent an SOS to the governor on in the place Blessings of Goodness Healing Church situated at 26, Alafia Street, Oriofe Ijegun Isheri-Osun.

The governor, it was gathered, forwarded the SOS to the Zubairu Muazu, an () who directed the Divisional (DPO) Chike Ibe to investigate.

The Nation reports that the church, an uncompleted building surrounded by and stinking was a beehive of mosquitoes and reptiles found in water.

The only benefitting sight was a well netted room self-contained said to have been occupied by a epileptic patient whose visited regularly.

It was gathered that most of the inmates were desperate to but could not as their folks were yet to pay certain amounts of . While some of the victims were mentally unstable, others sounded coherently and claimed they were brought by their parents for either or irrational behaviours.

According to one Adewale Adetona, he did not know how he got to the church, claiming he was just kidnapped at the instance of his mother Alhaja Monsurat Tiamiyu.

: How 15 inmates of Lagos church were rescued

“It was one morning, while I was , I heard that some want to take me before I noticed I was just kidnapped and brought .

“I was not happy staying at that church. I have my own to live but I couldn’t the while I was there. I couldn’t perform my daily routine. I was brought to the place without an option. I was not given a choice.

“They said it is a church but these are people. What am I doing where there are people? The only thing they used to tell me is that I was already there and there was nothing I can do.”

Denying claims by his mother that he was unstable, Adetona said if that was the case why was he not taken to the instead of being brought to a centre that makes people go mad?

But Alhaja Tiamiyu said Adetona usually misbehaved and put her to shame.

“He might lock himself up in the while people be knocking  and he won’t open up. People might be in the compound and playing, he can just start saying gibberish. On the of January, I was in the station

“Everyone was celebrating the year, he just went out and said the man is staring at him and that was how it started. Suddenly, he came back with a cutlass and that was how the neighbourhood scattered.

“I have taken him to a hospital and when I heard that a prayer is being held about spiritual hazards and those that have gone there before gave their testimonies, I arranged to take him there from home because if I told him to follow me, he would not agree.”

Another inmate Ogboki, an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) holder said his condition had improved since his parents took him to the church mainly because he longer had access to .

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