A 70-YEAR-OLD ‘pastor’, Emmanuel Adeyemi, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly chaining his son and 27 others.
Adeyemi was arrested alongside his first wife, at his Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu residence, after he was accused of putting his son, Toba Adedoyin Adeyemi, 17, in chains and starving him of food.
Thirteen children and 15 adults were rescued from the premises with an inscription, “Mimo Mimo Mimo Safulaijah”, situated in a valley at the estate.
But when The Nation visited the church, some of the pastor’s client was seen weeping over his arrest.
Two men and an aged woman who sat on a bench claimed that the suspect has been healing people of various ailments including mental disorder, diabetes, stroke and spiritual attacks.
The woman, Mosili Nosiru, who wept profusely, explained that her son, Mohammadu Tijani, was among those taken away by security forces.
She explained that the boy, who was a university undergraduate, has been battling with mental disorder for eight years.
Mrs Nosiru said: “It has been on and off since eight years. He has finished Quaranic School. When it stopped, he gained admission but the problem started again. So, we brought him to this place and he was healed. But he relapsed and we brought him back.
“He has been here for over one year and he was getting better before government officials came and took them. They told us they have taken our children to Ikorodu. Now, I can’t see my son,” she sobbed.
One of the men who claimed to have come from Ondo State to meet the suspect, disclosed that the ‘pastor’ has been healing him from ‘spiritual arrows’.
The man who did not disclose his name said he knew the suspect about two months ago after he was attacked spiritually, adding that it was the man who saved his life by taking the arrows away.
“I have been coming here for about two months. I knew him after someone introduced me to his place. The man is a ‘doctor’. He heals people with herbs and sacrifices. He does not do anything bad. He is also very generous. Arrows were sent into my body but he helped me and removed them. If not for him, I would have been dead. So many people, including big men come here for spiritual work,” he claimed.