A self-acclaimed prophet who kept many people chained under the pretext of healing them of madness has been arrested in Lagos.
It was gathered that the police at the Area 'G' Division in Ogba had a report that a 17-year-old boy, Toba Adeyemi, who happens to be the son of the prophet, had been chained and locked up in the house at Oyingbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, in the area but when police operatives stormed the premises, they were shocked to meet not only Toba, but 27 other victims, chained and locked up in the house.
The victims the police rescued, according to reports from the Command, comprised 15 adults, both men and women, and 13 children, including males and females, all chained together.
A police source who was part of the rescue team said the suspect claimed that his son and the 27 others were deranged and he chained them to cure their madness.
“The report we initially received was that a boy, Toba (Adeyemi), was being chained down by his father, a self-proclaimed prophet, in the estate. But when we got there, it was more than just the boy. There were 27 others chained in various rooms in the apartment.
The suspect claims to be a spiritualist and a prophet. He said his work is to pray for sick people to get well.
He said the victims were sick and he had been praying for their healing. The suspect has some magical inscriptions on the wall of his house. The victims comprised six adult males, nine adult females, seven female children, and six male children.
The families of the victims have not shown up to identify them.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident, added that the police had commenced investigations into whether the victims were mentally sick or not.
“A total of 28 persons were rescued from the suspect’s apartment. The man has been arrested and he is undergoing interrogation.
The command will get to the root of the matter. The police are also investigating to find out whether the victims are mentally sick or not.”