15 people chained in an illegal rehabilitation center that also serves as a church have been rescued by officers attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
The victims who are between the ages of 19-50 who were rescued from Blessings of Goodness Healing Church in Isheri Osun community of Egbe Idimu on Thursday October 31 and have reportedly been chained at the center since 2014 after suffering some health challenges their families thought were spiritual attacks. Lagos Police spokesman Bala Elkana who confirmed the rescue mission said a 58-year-old Prophet, Sunday Joseph Ojo and 10 others were arrested. The Prophet reportedly told the police that he has been in the healing ministry since 1986 and kept the inmates in chain to prevent their escape.
“Some of the victims were said to have spent five years in the detention camp. The victims are between ages 19 and 50, males and females. Some of them where brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases.