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Police Raids Redemption Camp, Chase Out Destitute

Police Raids Redemption Camp, Chase Out Destitute

Over 100 suspected homeless people have been reportedly kicked out of the Redemption Camp located on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A report by New Telegraph revealed the evacuation was carried out by security personnel of RCCG and policemen.

The people kicked out of the camp belonging to RCCG were reportedly dumped at different locations in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.

Some of the destitute, who claimed to have spent between six months and one year at the Redemption Camp, accused the church authorities of victimization.

The victims explained that the RCCG security operatives with policemen indiscriminately rounded them up during vigil service midnight on Tuesday, May 21 and threw them into waiting vehicles which eventually took them to Abeokuta.

A 38-year-old businessman, who is one of the victims, Emmanuel Obi, explained that he was at the Redemption Camp for the Holy Ghost Service, where he left his wife and headed to Lagos state to buy some goods.

Obi, who hails from Nnewi North local government area of Anambra state, said when he returned, he learned that his wife and six-month-old baby had been raided and kept in police custody within the camp, hence, his decision to join them.

Another victim, Priscilla Okonkwo, said she came to the camp from Ajangbadi in Lagos state because of her accommodation challenges.

The 42-year-old native of Abia state lamented her eviction from the church premises. But when contacted on the telephone, the head of media, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, absolved the church of any blame.

Olubiyi denied the allegation that the church forcibly ejected the destitute from its premises, explaining that what the church did was simply to purge the camp of miscreants and others with criminal tendencies.

His words: “We have a system through which we screen those who genuinely come for prayers. We also have an approved way of taking care of the destitute in the church of God. “Whenever anyone comes for prayer, we do ensure that we properly document their data in our register to prevent criminal situations. But those ones you see illegally found their ways into the church. “Some of them were screened for the purpose of knowing their challenges and those with genuine accommodation problems were assisted. But you will discover that they change their addresses and still return to the church.”

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