The General Overseer of Holy Family Ministry, a.k.a House of Mercy, located in Ogolonto area of Ikorodu, Lagos, Pastor Ernest Nwankwo, who was alleged to have sent a member of his church to kidnap a boy for ritual purpose last week has been arrested by the police.
Nwankwo, 50, an indigene of Nsugbe, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State is now being held at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, Lagos.
It would be recalled that a ritualist’s den was uncovered in a building owned by the suspect last Wednesday, with at least eight victims said to have been kidnapped from different parts of the country, rescued.
The den was uncovered following the apprehension of a mother of four, Mrs Rosemary Chukwu, who hid a seven-year-old boy inside a box. She confessed to have abducted the boy, identified as Emmanuel Emeka, on the instruction of her Pastor (Ernest Nwankwo) for ritual purpose.
The police had since been on the trail of the pastor, who was reportedly nabbed at Ebute Metta yesterday, following a tip off.
Police sources hinted to Vanguard that the Pastor denied that the building on 7, Oshodi Street, where some victims were reportedly rescued, was not used for ritual purpose but was used to keep lunatics.
Commenting on the issue, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide confirmed Nwankwo’s arrest. “Yes, the Pastor has been arrested today around Ebutte Meta,”