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Police rescue scores of kidnapped children from church

Scores of children were found in an underground apartment of a church in the Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State, on Friday evening.

It was gathered that the children were allegedly kidnapped and kept in the underground apartment of the church.

A source said victims were over 30 while the police had rescued them and arrested the pastor and some members of the church.

The children were seen in a patrol vehicle of the police who took them to the police station.

When contacted on telephone, the state Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the victims had been taken to the State CID in Akure headquarters of the command.

The PPRO who briefed newsmen confirmed the arrest of The Pastor of ‘The whole Bible deliverance Church’, David Anifowose for allegedly abducting over thirty persons including children.

She said the arrest followed complaints of some parents who reported the case to the police in Ondo town.

According to the police spokesperson, parents of the children forcefully moblised to the church and invited the police to arrest the pastor and his assistant.

Radio Nigeria gathered that some of the children and their parents were attending the Church before the incident happened.

Reporting by Leke Adegbite; Editing by Tina Oyinsan