Crime

Ondo “Underground Cell” Church Victims Refuse to Go Home

…insist on their pastor’s release

Following the rescue of 77 people who were confined to an underground cell of Whole Bible Believers Church, popularly known as “Ondo Church” in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, the parents of most of the victims have cried out over the refusal of their wards to go home with them.

According to some of the parents who besieged the police headquarters of the Ondo State Police Command, their children have insisted that they will not leave the station until the arrested pastors are freed.

The father of one of the victims, Michael Olohunyomi, disclosed that her 21-year-old daughter, Priscilla, had refused to eat since Saturday claiming that the pastor must be released.

On his part, a brother to one of the victims, Wande Oladapo who expressed dismay that his 40-year-old sibling could be hypnotised said, “My brother has refused to go home after he was released on Saturday. He said he will not leave his pastor alone in the cell.”

Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami said, “despite all attempts and placation some of the victims refused to go home, saying there were going to stay here with their pastor.” 

The Ondo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and social development, Princess Bunmi Osadahun said, the state government was working towards rehabilitating the victims.

Leke Adegbite

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