Three persons have reportedly lost their lives during a church spiritual healing at Ofatedo area of Egbedore local government area of Osun state.
According to reports, the deceased identified as Rasheedat Mufutau, 58, Anifowose Basira, 48, Abdul-Rahman Afolabi (infant), were reportedly under spiritual healing when the dire incident occurred.
The incident it was gathered occurred at about 6am on June 28th and one Taiwo Olaniyi, 42, head of a C&S Church, who is also trado-medical practitioner and his wife Kemi have been apprehended by the police.
Apart from Pastor Olaniyi that was arrested, also being held in connection with the death was his wife, identified simply as Kemi, while the suspects were currently being held at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Osun police command, they were said to have made confessional statements regarding the deaths.
It was gathered that some residents of the area were alerted to the incident after the nine-month-old Abdul-Rahman cried without stopping, and was rushed out of the church by his mother before he gave up the ghost.
SP Yemisi Opalola, Osun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident
She disclosed that the case was still under investigation, noting that pastor in charge of the church and his wife have already been arrested.
She said: “It is true. Three bodies were recovered from the scene, a healing home belonging to a church, around Olofa Grammar school in Ofatedo.
“The head of the church and his wife have been arrested and are in police custody to aid investigation.”
Opalola said, “The incident happened on June 28, 2022, at about 5:40 am. It happened behind Olofa Grammar School, Ofatedo. Mr. Taiwo Olaniyi, who is 42 years, head of a C&S Church, and also into trado-medical activities, said to be running a healing home, and his wife, named Kemi, 28 years, are currently in the custody in connection with the deaths.
“One of the deceased persons is Rasheedat Mufutau, 58 years. She was taken there because she was diabetic. Others are Anifowose Basira, 48 years and Abdul-Rahman Afolabi. We learnt they took their bath with a soap while on admission at the healing home.
“The nine-month-old baby was said to be crying without stopping and was rushed out of the church. His cry alerted people to the happenings in the healing home. We are still investigating the matter. Those in the custody have made confessional statements. More people will be arrested.”
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