Operatives of Lagos state police command said it has uncovered another torture centre called “prayer house” where it was discovered to be used as a detention camp with location at 26, Alafia street, oreofe at Ijegun Isheri where one prophet Sunday Joseph Ojo was arrested.
In a statement, the Lagos state police public relation officer said the development was made possible after acting on information from a reliable source.
He said this was what prompted a team of detectives from Isheri Osun police division led by CSP chike ibe to storm the prayer house allegedly used as detention camp at Isheri Osun.
The 58-year-old suspect was said to have been arrested alongside 10 others.
Elkana said fifteen persons who were chained on the legs were equally rescued.
Some of the victims, according to the police spokesman was said to have spent five years in the detention camp.
He said the victims are between age 19 and 50 with having both female and male folks.
“ some of them were brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases”.
The spokesman was quoted as saying that the prophet has been in the healing ministry since 1986, and that which he chained in other to prevent escape.
He said investigation is ongoing adding that police is working closely with other agencies of government to provide adequate medical attention and shelter to the victims.
Meanwhile the suspect, Ojo, told journalists that victims were chained because of their condition, adding that their parents brought them to the church for healing.
He said, “The people were chained because of their condition. If I did not chain them, they would run. Many of them had put me in trouble in the past and that was why I chained them. When I see that they are healed, I unchain them.
“This is not a psychiatric hospital; all of them came for prayers and they had been taken to different psychiatric hospitals before they were brought to the church for deliverance. I saw the medical papers of some of them and it was when their parents tried conventional medicine and they were not cured that they brought them here.
“We do chain them for around three to four months and it is their families that do feed them; some of their family members come every day; some weekly; and some live with their children in the church. You may think that they are healed; for instance, one of them carried a big stone and wanted to use it to break another person’s head before he was stopped.”