Police in Ogun State yesterday invaded the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and arrested 236 people inside the auditorium. When our correspondent visited the camp yesterday, the auditorium, which is usually a beehive of activities, was almost empty.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the report. According to him, the exercise followed series of reports and intelligence gathering on how people with questionable character use the auditorium as refuge after committing crime. Adejobi said among the 236 arrested, 165 were males while 71 were females.
He said: “Our men carried out the raid in the early hours of today (yesterday) after a series of report that criminals have taken the RCCG Auditorium as hideout. As early as 2am, they arrested 236 persons, 165 are males while 71 are females.”
The PPRO said the suspects were being screened; those who had genuine reason to be at the auditorium for prayer would be released while those who could not identify themselves would be prosecuted. A fortnight ago, New Telegraph reported the rising criminal cases of stealing, rape, kidnapping and prostitution taking place in the auditorium by those who claimed to have gone there for prayers