NOS News•Today, 11:48
Police in southwestern Nigeria have freed 77 people held in a church for months. There they would have waited for the return of Jesus to earth.
The pastor of the church in Ondo and his deputy are arrested. They are said to have told people that the return would initially take place in April, but that it was now expected in September this year. “I was instructed by God that these people could remain in the church to wait for Jesus’ return,” the pastor said when he was arrested.
Among the people found were 26 children. Many of them would have left their school to attend the phenomenon.
Place in heaven
The Nigerian police discovered the case after a mother reported her children missing. She suspected they were at church. There, 77 people were discovered. Sahara Reporters writes that they stayed in the basement of the church.
Some Christians believe that when Jesus returns to earth, he will give believers a place in heaven. According to the BBC the police are investigating whether the pastor and his deputy are guilty of mass kidnapping.