The pastor of a popular church in Ondo state has been arrested along with 77 members over an alleged dehumanisation of children in his church.
Dozens of children were on Friday found in an underground apartment of the church in the Valentino Area of Ondo town.
The police in a statement said it was neither a case of child kidnapping nor trafficking.
The State Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the victims had been taken to the Akure headquarters of the command.
“The pastor was preaching that the coming of Christ will happen by September and many members decided to await the coming in his church which has an underground apartment.
The PPRO said that the over 77 arrested members were adults.
Police said many of the children had stopped going to school in the hope that the world will end by September.
A viral video had emerged on social media showing children in a patrol vehicle of the police who took them to a police station.
In the one-minute, 40 seconds video, a voice was heard saying, “They are kidnapped children found in the underground cell of a church in the Valentino Area of Ondo.
“The pastor and some members of the church have been arrested and were also in the police patrol van.”