PHOTO: Police Rescue 15 People Chained Up In Lagos Church

Lagos State Police Command says they rescued 15 people chained up in a church during the latest raid in a nationwide crackdown on religious institutions accused of abuse.

Detectives “stormed a prayer house used as a detention camp” on Wednesday evening and discovered 15 men and women aged between 19 and 50 chained by the legs, Lagos police spokesman Bala Elkana said.

The pastor of the church, “prophet” Sunday Joseph Ojo, and 10 others were arrested,

The victims “were brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases. The prophet said he has been in the healing ministry since 1986, (and) that he chained them in order to prevent escape,” the police spokesperson added.

Some of the victims had spent five years in the church, he said, adding that further investigations will take place into the incident.

Non-government organisations first alerted police to Ojo’s “Blessing of Goodness Healing Church” in the Ijegun area of Nigeria’s most populous city, according to local reports.

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Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To Parents

Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To ParentsThe Police in Abia state say their intelligence-led policing and visibility policing have led to the arrest two suspects involved in stealing and trafficking of a four-year-old boy.

The CP Adeleye who returned the boy to the parents, frowned at the spate of child stealing which he described as a crime against humanity.

At the parade of the suspected child traffickers at the officer mess, Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade disclosed that there is no hideout in the state for such criminals and urged the public to seek out the proper and conventional adoption services.

“I have said it, that there are crime that are against inhumanity, child trafficking, child selling, baby factories, are crimes that you do not want to hear about because they are demeaning and done out of wickedness,

“But the police command in Abia are going to fight them until the perpetrators desist from such act.Police Rescue, Return Four-Year-Old Boy To Parents

“I want to urge all parents to monitor their children to ensure that the care given to them would be such that there would be no temptation whatsoever to sell or buy the children under whatever circumstance

“I want to warn that I will not close my eyes to such criminal act and I have directed the officers of the command to apprehend anybody involved. Enough is enough.

“Follow the right procedure, go to the adoption services if you need a child,” he said,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was all tears for the one of the suspect, a 50-year-old Mrs Chioma Ohajimmadu who lamented that she had two girls and desperately wanted a boy by all means.

The Abia State Police Command in its  determination to rid the state of criminals says it has adopted strategies aimed at facilitating its position on crime management, the implementation of which have assisted the police command in the performance of its constitutional duties.

Police Rescue Emefiele’s Wife, Arrest Suspects

CBN Governor, Emefiele, Police RescueThe Police have arrested two suspects over their alleged link with the kidnap of Mrs Margret Emefiele, the wife on Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Mrs Emefiele kidnapped on Thursday at the Edo state end of the Agbor-Benin expressway, alongside two of her relatives and her driver.

The kidnappers had demanded for the sum of 100 million naira ransom before they were smashed by the Police at 1.30 am by the Police while combing the forest around Agbor.

Ogun Police Parade Four Suspected Ritualists With Human Parts

suspected ritualists, Police parade, Police arrest, ritualists, human partsThe Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested and paraded four suspected ritualists with items suspected to be human hearts and other human parts recovered from them.

Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the Police, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Hammed Iliyasu, said that the suspects have been engaging in this illicit business for some years before they were apprehended.

The Police boss maintained that the Police would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that criminals in the state change from their evil ways or relocate from the area.

One 34-year-old Nurudeen Adeniyi, a resident of Ijebu-Igbo, confessed to the crime.

Their last victim was a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly killed and whose corpse was dumped in a nearby river before they were arrested by the Police.

Bauchi Security: Police Rescue Traditional Ruler, Others From Kidnappers

bauchi security, police rescue, kidnappersThe Bauchi State police command says 49 hostages including the district head of Tama In Toro Local Government Area of the state, have been rescued from the den of kidnappers during an operation by the security agents.

During a press briefing on the activities of the command in fighting crime in the state, the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, also confirmed that over 50 suspects including the kidnappers of the monarch had been arrested and charged while others are being investigated.

Part of the arrested suspects are armed robbery gangs, cattle rustlers, impersonators and rapists.

Arrested were made by the command through synergy with other security agencies in the state.

Briefing reporters on the command’s efforts in the war against crime, the Police Commissioner said the efforts had been yielding positive results, leading to recovery of arms, ammunition, stolen vehicles and rustled cattle as well as arrest of some suspects.

The suspects were being paraded alongside the various exhibits recovered which include fabricated master keys; police warrant card, complete set of police uniform, boot, handsets firearms and ammunition.

The command also held an interactive session on safety and security in the state with traditional rulers, caretaker committee chairmen of local government councils, and representatives of vigilante groups including clerics and youth leaders.

Community leaders were also at the meeting where modalities for collaboration in fighting crime between the people and security agencies were discussed.