Rescued 77 worshippers: ‘We were only waiting for second coming of Christ’ says Pastor

By AdvocateNews on 03/07/2022

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The rescued worshippers in Ondo
The rescued worshippers in Ondo

More facts have emerged over 77 people including children who were rescued from an underground apartment in a church in Ondo town, Ondo State by men of the Nigeria Police.

It was gathered that the victims include 23 children and 52 adults making a total of 77 people, said to be abducted and kept in the underground cells in the Whole Bible Believer Church in the city.

The pastor was said to have told them that they should remain in the church and await the second coming of Jesus Christ by September this year.

In a viral video, a voice was heard saying “They are kidnapped children found in the underground cell of a church in 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 pastor of the church popularly known as Ondo Church and other accomplices have been arrested by police detectives in the town.

The rescued people were seen in three commercial buses escorted by police patrol vehicles that conveyed them to the police station.

During the Parade of the Pastor at the Police Headquarters, along Igbatoro Akure, the Ondo state capital on Saturday, the assistant pastor of the church identified as Pastor Peter Josiah, said he was the one in charge of the church and he was only teaching them pure scripture.

According to Pastor Peter, “I was called by God to rewrite the King James Version of the Bible because there is a lot that was wrong with the version of the Bible.

Pastor Peter said, “I only teach them what the Bible says about the second coming of Jesus Christ. The prophesy that is fulfilling this time is showing that the rapture is close. I never even mentioned years to the church. I never taught them to run from their parents, I only teach them the gospel. I only tell them to obey their parents in the lord.”

The Pastor In charge of the church, Pastor David Anifowose, said he received the instruction from God that they should camp in the church until his second coming.

“I was the one that received the instruction from God that the people of the church can stay with in the church and wait for his second coming. And my members were waiting for the second coming of Jesus when the policemen invaded the church and arrested us.”

One of the church members, Olasunkami Olafisoye, a 24 years old and a university graduate, said she disobeyed her parents because they are leading her away from God.

Olafisoye said, “My parents are not attending the church again. When we left our former church, they usually stayed at home and before then, I am not comfortable with the Bible teaching of the church.

“I later joined this church because my parent is leading me away from God and I want to make heaven. I love the way the church followed Jesus and the way they hold on to Christ.

“I disobeyed my parents because they are leading me away from Jesus and I find the way to heaven from this Church. I cannot because of parents lost heaven. 

One of the parents who reported the case to the police, Michael Olorunyomi said he attended the church before and left the church because of the wrong teaching the pastors are given the members.

The pastor teaches the church members about the need to divorce their wives while the husband needs to divorce their wife if they want to go to heaven.

“They turned the children against their parents by teaching them what is not found in the Bible. When I left the church, my daughter refused to follow me. I made the mistake of living her behind when I was leaving.

“Before I knew what was going on, my daughter who is at the 300 level in University, dropped out and camp in the church waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ because the pastor said nothing again in the world that the rapture will come on September this year.

“They have even arranged a marriage between my daughter and one of the pastor’s families. They said nobody should go to work, no school and they must do nothing than waiting for him in the church.

“Look at every one of them, they looked unkempt. He instructed them they must not make their hair that anybody that makes his hair will lose heaven “

However, the PPRO disclosed that 77 people were rescued from the underground apartment by the police during the Friday night raid while the two Pastor were arrested in connection to the incident.

She said “we received information about the activities of a particular church and its Pastors and we reacted spontaneously and discovered 77 people being caged in an underground apartment within the church.

“The two Pastors have been helping the command in its investigation,  investigation is still ongoing and the picture is not clear yet over the activities of the two Pastors

“Abduction is not a small offence and for us but for us not to mislead the public,  we need to investigate the issue to get the true picture of what happened.

“The fact remains that there was an hour of a church and the people around reacted and we went there to ascertain this but we just need to investigate and unravel the facts about the incident. We will make our findings public after the investigation.”

Posted 03/07/2022 2:20:42 PM

 

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