A part of the 77 worshippers brought out of the basement of a church in Ondo State have reportedly refused to be reunited with their families.
Worshippers, including children, recently got ‘rescued’ from the basement on the premises of The Whole Bible Believers’ Church, also known as Ondo Church, in Valentino area of Ondo Town.
According to reports, the church was holding a seven-day retreat when the police stormed its premises last Friday. A total of Seventy-seven people comprising 26 children, eight teenagers, and 43 adults were let out as some of them had been reportedly held for about three weeks.
Some of the parents whose children were in the congregation without their consent had reported the case to the police.
A new report by Channels Television shares how a dramatic scene played out on Monday July 4, as some of those rescued refused to go with their families, insisting that they would remain with the pastor. This made their relatives accuse the Pastor of hypnotizing them.
Speaking to the news station, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Ondo, Dr Juliana Osadahun said the government will meet with the police and relatives of the victims to get a proper briefing on the incident and take appropriate actions.