Over 50 children have been rescued from an underground apartment in a church in the Valentino area of Ondo state. 

It was gathered that the children, who were reportedly kept in the underground apartment of the church for trafficking, were discovered and rescued on Friday evening, July 2.

The pastor of the church and other accomplices have been arrested by the state police command.

The rescued children were seen in a viral video being driven to the police station by security operatives in a patrol van.

In the now viral clip, a voice could be heard saying, “They are kidnapped children recovered 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. “

The command’s public relations officer, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the victims have been taken to the police headquarters in Akure. 

“They are transporting the casualties to the headquarters, but I’m still unsure of the specifics. I will provide you with the information as soon as I receive it from the DPO.” She said.

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In other news, there was pandemonium at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Benue state recently after an official allegedly slapped a corps member.

According to viral reports, a NYSC official slapped a corps member during one of the activities at the camp, and this enraged his colleagues, who immediately protested. Read here.