After 50 kidnapped children were discovered in a church basement in the Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State, a pastor and some church members were arrested.
On Friday night, July 1st, the children were rescued.
A video posted online shows the children being transported to the police station in a patrol vehicle or a police van.
The victims, who were said to number in the hundreds, were allegedly victims of a kidnapping ring.
Ekimogun Youths Connect, according to a statement issued by its president, Mr Famakinwa Lucaskakaki, worked with the police and Amotekun officers to rescue the victims.
The statement reads: “About 14:00hrs of yesterday, Friday 1st of July, 2022, I was reliably informed that a particular Church in Valentino, Ondo City, called ‘Ondo Church’, locked people up in the church for over six months, telling them that Jesus Christ will come and meet them by September this year.
“The National President of the Great Constitutional Rights and Justice Forum, in person of Comrade Omotayo Omolayo, was also briefed and we mobilised down to the venue and we met about 50 people locked up in the church.
“The church has rooms where the pastor locked his members. The process of rescuing these ones with the help of Police officers, Amotekun, Atariajanaku and vigilante group, caused a lot of pandemonium that the people under lock started beating us.
“The pastor, the church workers and the people under lock have been arrested and whisked to Akure.”