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Lagos Pastor’s “Ritualist Den” Uncovered

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A ritualists’ den allegedly owned by a pastor, was uncovered at Ogolonto area of Ikorodu Lagos yesterday. 

Eight victims who were reportedly abducted from different regions of the country were rescued from the den according to Vanguard.

The den, which is said to be owned by a Pastor named Ernest Nwankwo General Overseer of Holy Family Ministry a.k.a House of Mercy, is located at 7, Oshodi Street, behind the church. 

According to reports, the lair was uncovered following a foiled attempt by a woman to take one of her victims, a seven year‑old boy, to the location.

The woman, identified as Rosemary Chukwu,  allegedly kidnapped  the primary school pupil, Emmanuel Emeka, on his way to fetch water from a public well one morning.

Chukwu was alleged to have kept the boy inside her toilet and conducted a prayer session with her four children, apparently to prevent her co‑tenants from hearing the abducted boy’s cries for help. 

Emeka’s mother, who lives four buildings away from Chukwu, became agitated when her son did not return when he was supposed to. She was said to have raised an alarm which caused residents to search for her son in the neighbourhood.

Chukwu was said to have been sighted with a suitcase on her head, accompanied by her children. It was then discovered that the little boy was in the suitcase “half dead.”

Upon interrogation by a mob who attempted to lynch her, she reportedly confessed that Nwankwo instructed her to kidnap the boy.

Based on information the woman gave to the mob, they were able to find the den. An undisclosed number of people bound in chains were found in the building.

The victims were said to have recounted how they were kidnapped from Anambra, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states at different times. One of them reportedly revealed that  she was kidnapped 11 years ag along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway while returning from a vigil. Another victim said he had been kept prisoner for two years. 

In total, eight people were rescued.

The case is said to be under investigation.

Photo Credit: Vanguard

9 Comments

  1. Fume

    June 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    May God save us all. Ahhhhhhh nkan be”

  2. OYA

    June 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    WONDERS SHALL NEVER END. MOST OF THESE ONE MAN CHURCH PASTORS ARE DANGEROUS. LET’S PRAY TO GOD FOR A DISCERNING SPIRIT, SO WE CAN BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE REAL MEN OF GOD FROM THE FAKE ONES. LORD HAVE MERCY

  3. omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com

    June 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hmmmmm…. May God continue to protect us IJN

  4. brownchocolate

    June 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Pathetic.Sad.Infuriating.Unbelievable.

  5. theasoebijunkie

    June 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Goodness! 11 years in a ritualist den????
    and the woman was praying with her own children while planning to kill another woman’s child? na wa o
    am shocked!!!

  6. Workinggirl

    June 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    May they all be exposed in Jesus name, Amen!

  7. Lilian

    June 27, 2014 at 6:35 am

    We are still on boko’s sambisa forest issue now ritualist den discovery

  8. PRINCE CHARLES

    June 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

    MY QUESTION WILL BE,WHAT WILL BE THE PUNISHMENT FOR THIS WICKED FOOLS SO THAT OTHERS WILL LEARN? I AM ALSO VERY SORRY FOR THOSE GOES TO PRIVATE CHURCHES JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE IN SEARCH EARTHLY THINGS.

  9. Ngozi

    May 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    So touching. The Nigerian spirit. Everyone gathered to help a mother find her son. They even took the risk with her. Good community spirit. Mother God loves you o.

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