Rescued Children From Church Basement Refusing To Go Home With Their Parents Worrisome – Police
About 77 people were found holed in the basement of a church, the Whole Bible Deliverance Church, Ondo, located at Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State. Some of the victims who were rescued by operatives of the Ondo State Police Command from the church basement in Ondo are still in police custody as they were reported to have refused going home with their parents.
The victims were rescued on Saturday after being kept in the church for over six months.
According to reports, The pastor of the church, identified as David Anifowose, and his assistant, Peter Josiah, were apprehended by the police. speaking with newsmen on Monday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, disclosed that some of the children refused to follow their parents home after the police had asked them to go, insisting that they would not go until their pastor was released from detention.
She said, “Some of the parents said if not for what happened, they were not aware that their children have left school while some said they were aware that their children were in the church but didn’t know the location of the church.
“Despite all our pleas, some of these victims refused to go home, saying they are ready to remain in police custody until their pastor and his assistant are released.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Juliana Osadahun, during her visit to the police headquarters to see the victims, said “We are trying to work out modalities on what to do to them to get them rehabilitated. We have over 10 who have refused to go home. We even have a child who said she will follow the Lord and not her parents. She said she was okay staying within the police compound since their pastor is still here.
A father of one of the victims, Mr Michael Olorunyomi, who was also at the police command’s headquarters, Akure, on Monday, confirmed that his 21-year-old daughter, Priscilla, had returned home but she had refused to eat since Saturday in protest against the pastor’s arrest.