Police in Nigeria rescued 77 people who were confined inside a church in Onso State to witness the return of Jesus Christ.
Reports say some of the rescued people which included children had been there for more than a month.
In a statement, the police said the people had been told to expect the second return of Jesus in April and brought together to stay at the Whole Bible Believers Church in Valentino, Ondo Town.
The raid happened after a mother filed a complaint that her children were missing and she thought that they were in the church.
The pastor of the church identified as David Anifowoshe, and his deputy have since been arrested as the police probe mass abduction.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant pastor in the church, was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April, but later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord,” police press officer Funmilayo Odunlami said.
The rescued people include 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adults.
They were all taken into the care of the authorities.
This comes a month after gunmen stormed the St Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state and openedfire indiscriminately killing dozens of people.
According to a doctor at a hospital in Owo, at least 50 bodies had been moved to Owo’s Federal Medical Centre and St Louis Catholic Hospital.
Videos of the attack showed church worshippers lying in pools of blood while people around them wailed in disbelief.
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