A pastor who kept over 77 church members in his church’s basement as he readies to take them to heaven has been nabbed.
The people have been consequently freed after the man of God brainwashed them and assured them of a place in heaven during the rapture.
Eyewitnesses told The Associated Press that some Whole Bible Believer Church members were kept there since last year.
Pastors at the church located 75 kilometres (46 miles) from Nigeria’s capital encouraged the members “to stay behind” and wait for the rapture, Ondo police spokesperson Funmilayo Odunlami said.
The report goes on to say during the preliminary investigation, it was discovered the pastors of the above church did not abuse or use any tactics to force the ‘prisoners’ into the basement.
“The assistant pastor said he told them what the Lord told him; that they should obey their parents in the Lord,” Odunlami said,
The discovery was probably made after a woman got alarmed when her two children never came home after church service.
Some residents of the area where the church is located also complained about the the ‘shady’ nature of the church.
“They hold services all round the clock and people rarely sleep when they held their vigils,” Tunde Valentino, who lives nearby, said. “It was until Tuesday when a woman came saying they did not release her two children.”
When local authorities went there, some church members resisted their would-be rescuers and “refused to go,” cursing parents who also arrived, according to Valentino.