A pastor of the Blessing of Goodness Healing Church, Lagos, Pastor Joseph Ojo, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command over alleged detention of mentally-ill and sick people in his church.

The police on Thursday, October 31 stormed the church premises situated in the Ijegun area of the state after being tipped off by the National President of the Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative, a non-governmental organisation.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the command had commenced an investigation into the case, adding that 15 victims had been rescued from the church.

“We have rescued 15 victims and arrested 11 persons, including the pastor, Joseph Ojo. Some of the victims were said to have spent five years in the detention camp.

“The victims are between ages 19 and 50 and some of them were brought by their families. We have commenced investigation into the matter,” he said.

In a twist, Ojo revealed that the victims were detained with the express permission of their parents.

“This is not a psychiatric hospital; all of them came for prayers and they had been taken to different psychiatric hospitals before they were brought to the church for deliverance.

“I saw the medical papers of some of them and it was when their parents tried conventional medicine and they were not cured that they brought them here,” he said.

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