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2 brothers drown while pastor performs spiritual cleansing in lake

By Mason White 4:47 PM December 23, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Two brothers are dead after drowning in a lake during a spiritual cleansing, police in Nigeria said.

The Lagos Police Department said that they are looking to arrest a pastor of the New Cherubim and Seraphim Church, after two brothers, Abiodun and Ayinde Oniru, died while bathing in the lake near the church on Saturday.

Police said that they have detained a pastor who serves as the secretary of the New Cherubim and Seraphim Church, until they locate the suspect.

Police have urged the public to provide information that will help catch Pastor Samuel Adesoji. The two victims and their brother were brought to the church by their mother in order to undergo a spiritual cleansing.

The two brothers followed the orders of the pastor and drowned, but their brother fled from the scene and survived. Police also said that they have arrested the victims’ mother, Adenike Elegushi-Okokuku, but she was released due to health issues.