By Ishaq Khalid & Robert Plummer
BBC News

Police in Nigeria have rescued 77 people, including children, from a church where they were confined in the south-western state of Ondo.
Some of them are believed to have been there for months.
A police spokesperson said many of them had been told to expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in April and had abandoned school to witness the event.
The raid came after a mother complained her children were missing and she thought they were in the church.
Police say they are investigating suspected mass abduction after the raid on the Whole Bible Believers Church in the Valentino area of Ondo Town.
The pastor of the Pentecostal church, David Anifowoshe, and his deputy have been arrested, while the victims have been taken into the care of the authorities.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant pastor in the church, was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April, but later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord," said police press officer Funmilayo Odunlami.
In all, police rescued 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adults, she added.
The Second Coming is a Christian belief in the return of Jesus Christ after his Biblical ascension to Heaven. Rapture is the idea that Christian believers will be taken to Heaven at the Second Coming.
Anxiety has been high among Christians in the state since a deadly attack on another church.
At least 50 people were killed in a mass shooting and bomb attack at St Francis Catholic church in the town of Owo on 6 June.
Federal authorities suspect the Islamic State West Africa Province of carrying out the massacre.
Nigeria church massacre: Who are the victims?
Blood on the altar after Nigeria church attack
Gunman at large after six die in 4 July shooting
Six dead in 4 July parade shooting near Chicago
Putin presses on with Ukraine war after Lysychansk
Harry Styles fans praise Danish response to attack
Fear and denial in Russian city hit by shells
The skateboarding hero who couldn't handle fame
What is halo and how is it saving F1 drivers' lives?
What is Putin's plan now key region has fallen?
A mother's struggle to feed six children as prices soar
Chips and China: concerns over UK factory buyout
The story behind Adele's Hyde Park Pride flag
Rescuers try to save stranded cargo ship near Sydney. Video
The case for turning off your Zoom camera
Workers may have a strong argument against appearing on screen
America's first interracial love song
How a taboo-busting duet became a hit and broke new ground
A breakfast staple created by accident
More than a century ago, a glut of oranges kick-started a craze
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Why over 200 soldiers applied for retirement – Nigerian Army – Premium Times

FILE PHOTO: Troops of the Nigerian Army. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle…

Team Nigeria and Birmingham 2022 – Daily Sun

The performance of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham,…

2023 General Election: A Decider On Nigeria's Democracy And Unity – Nigerian Observer

By RICHARD EWEKA 12 hours ago POLITICS Leave a comment 41 Views…

Nigerian students protest lecturers strike, block Lagos traffic – Reuters