The 58 year old told police he had been running what he described as a healing ministry since 1986 and that the people had been chained to prevent them from escaping.
Nigerian police say they have rescued 15 people kept chained in an illegal so-called prayer house in the country’s biggest city, Lagos. The victims were men and women between 19 and 50 years old with some said they had spent five years in the facility.
They were brought there by relatives who believed spiritual treatment could help cure their mental illnesses, drug addictions and other conditions.
“Police are working closely with other agencies of government to provide adequate medical attention and shelter to the victims,” police spokesman Bala Elkana said.
The police raided the house in the area of Ijegun after receiving a tip. The man who ran the facility, and called himself a prophet, was arrested.
The 58 year old told police he had been running what he described as a healing ministry since 1986 and that the people had been chained to prevent them from escaping. This is the latest raid on such privately run facilities, where people are often kept in deplorable conditions, the BBC’s Mayeni Jones in Lagos reports.
Days after the shocking discovery of an underground tunnel used by suspected ritualists at Obadeyi – Ajala, Lagos, residents along Ile Zik sandwiched between Ikeja and Agege axis of Lagos have discovered another hideout used by kidnappers in the area.
The hideout was uncovered few minutes ago with security operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command mobilized to the scene to prevent the breakout of law and order.
InsideMainland learnt a suspect was apprehended by commuters and residents around the area. He was beaten to a pulp before Police officers arrived the scene to rescue him from the angry mob. The suspect has since been taken away by the Police operatives.
The Lagos State Police Command is yet to comment on the development.
The case has developed into a large-scale scandal in Nigeria with allegations of sexual abuse made against Ezeuko who made followers call him God or Jesus ‘all the time’.
A Nigerian pastor is on death row after dousing several church members in petrol and setting them ablaze.
One congregant died as a result and Emeka Ezeuko, known as Reverend King by his followers, was sentenced on Thursday to death by hanging.
He denied all six charges against him, saying his victims were burnt by an electrical generator exploding, according to local media reports. The case has developed into a large-scale scandal in Nigeria with allegations of sexual abuse made against Ezeuko who made followers call him God or Jesus ‘all the time’.
One witness said he had repeatedly abused her and was made to serve him meals naked. The same victim said she had had four abortions after Ezeuko impregnated her multiple times.
The court in Lagos heard Ezeuko had tortured his followers to force them into confessing to sex outside marriage before setting them alight as a punishment for their sin.
But one witness to the trial said the renegade pastor reacted defiantly to his sentencing.
‘I am not afraid to be hanged. After all Jesus Christ was hanged. That was how Jesus was hanged and the crowd was against him. It is a great honor for me to follow the footpath of the Lord Jesus Christ,’ he shouted to the courtroom.