The Ogun state police command arrested a pastor alongside three others after dead human parts were found in the church on Wednesday.
The 77-year-old pastor, Samuel Babatunde is the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi Ayo Parish, Egan Road in Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota.
Babatunde was arrested alongside one suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah Adeola (32) and a 43-year old herbalist, Haruna Afolabi.
Ahmed Iliyasu, the state commissioner of police who paraded the suspects said the church was discovered following the arrest of a suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah Adeola on Saturday.
He told journalists, the 32 year old Adeola who specialises in abducting children and had confessed that the pastor of the ‘Aladura’ church was a receiver of the abducted children.
He explained that the Operatives attached to the Police Area Command in Ota on Sunday received intelligence on Adeola about his alleged criminal conduct and eventually apprehended him.
“On the strength of the intelligence, detectives from Ota Area Command were detailed to effect the arrest of the suspect; and at about 10:20am of the date, their efforts paid off when the said Jeremiah Adeola was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed being a serial kidnapper and mentioned a prophet of a white garment church as the receiver of the kidnapped children.
“Upon interrogation, Adeola was taken to the house/church of the said prophet at Iyana-Iyesi Ota, where one Prophet Samuel Babatunde, 77 years, the pastor in charge of the church and one Haruna Afolabi, 42 years, a traditional worshiper, were arrested.
“The floor of the church was dug as described by the first suspect and parts suspected strongly to be human parts were dug out,” Iliyasu said.
The pastor denied allegations made against him saying the items found in his church are remains of a pig he buried there.
He explained that the buried animal was to attract bright fortune, prosperity and comfort on worshippers at the church.
Babatunde revealed that he met Adeola at a prayer mountain in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, but never had any ritualist dealing with him, accusing Adeola of having mental problems.
But Adeola insisted that Babatunde was the receiver of some kidnapped children and that the pastor paid him N50,000 each for two children supplied to him.