..as Ondo Govt intervenes
It was like a drama as children who were part of 77 people rescued from an underground cell of Whole Bible Believers Church, popularly known as ‘Ondo Church’ in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, refused to follow their parents home until after their ‘Pastors’ are released from police custody.
The twist became more amazing as the parents of most of the victims cried out over the refusal of their children to go home with them as a result of the alleged hypnotising of the children and adults among them.
This happened today, Monday at the Ondo State Police command Headquarters, Akure when the force planned to hand over the victims to their parents and family members.
According to some of the parents who besieged the police headquarters, their children insisted they would not leave the station until the arrested pastors were freed.
While lamenting that the children had been hypnotised with what they described as black magic, the parents maintained that the victims should be thoroughly examined, psychologically.
A father of one of the victims, Michael Olohunyomi, disclosed that her 21-year-old daughter, Priscilla, had refused to eat since Saturday claiming that the pastor must be released.
The distraught father said “I was a member of that church and I was there for 32 years. Everything about the church changed when Peter Josiah became an assistant pastor in the church. He brought in destructive heresy.
“After they were brought to Akure on Saturday. My daughter was released to me but my daughter said she will not follow me. She said until all those who were arrested are released, she will not follow me. At the end of the day, I overpowered her and took her home .
“Since we got home on Saturday night, she has refused to eat up till this moment. She didn’t eat throughout yesterday. I’m seriously bothered because of the situation.
On his part, a brother to one of the victims, Wande Oladapo who expressed dismay that his 40-years-old could be hypnotised said, “My brother has refused to go home after he was released on Saturday. He said he will not leave his pastor alone in the cell.
“I came all the way from Lagos to Akure because of him and he was telling me that he will not follow me that he will rather be in the cell with the pastor. I think they have all been bewitched by the pastor. This is not ordinary, it is a pure case of black magic.”
One of the parents who came from Ilorin, Oluwole Omoseebi, said his son, a 400 level student of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ayobami Omoseebi, had been missing since 2020 during the COVID-19 period.
Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Funmilayo Odunlami said “Despite all our attempts and placation some of the victims refused to go home, saying they were going to stay here. We 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.
“We are trying to work out a modality on how the Ministry of Women Affairs in the state can rehabilitate them.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and social development, Princess Bunmi Osadahun said, the state government was working towards rehabilitating the victims.
“From the Ministry, we must do family tracing. We must get some background information on how these children became so hypnotised and got indoctrinated. On those that will be needing rehabilitation, we will have to work legally to take custody of those ones.”