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Recently, the news that a malnourished 9-year-old boy was rescued at the Celestial Church of Christ Key of Joy Parish Ajiwo on July 22, caused an uproar in Nigeria.

The boy was seen chained in the premises of the church which is located at Ajibawo in Ado-Odo Ota division 2.

That however is not the first time, Nigerians have been shocked by those professing to practice religion.

We have all heard shocking stories about churches at different times. Below are five of the most shocking:

1. Christian Praying Assembly (CPA)

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Chukwuemeka Ezeugo aka Reverend King was just a regular Nigerian pastor who shepherded the Christian Praying Assembly (CPA) churches, located in Lagos before 2006, or so people thought.

He was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder, after he was accused of the death of a church member and setting other church members on fire. He was also accused of impregnating several other girls and forcing them into abortions.

The stories were as many as they were disgusting, all pointing to a man whom his church members had come to view as a god of sorts, and who used the power he wielded to commit atrocities.

2. Synagogue church collapse

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On Friday, September 12, 2014, news went around like wildfire, the Synagogue Church of All nations (SCOAN) building at Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos collapsed, killing 115 people.

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The senior pastor of the church, T. B. Joshua has linked the tragedy to a strange aircraft “hovering” above the building shortly before it fell. A video was released on YouTube that allegedly showed the plane hovering around the building before its collapse. However, the coroner’s report unequivocally found the cause to be due to structural failure.

3. Winners pastor caught with human meat

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On May 21, 2016 it was reported that a pastor of a Living Faith Church, a k a Winners Chapel Chapel, Adeniyi John, was caught by a mob at Ijomu area of Akure metropolis of Ondo State with pieces of fried meat suspected to be human parts and other fetish paraphernalia.

Amidst the ensuing confusion, the man was moved to the palace of Deji of Akure, where he was quizzed by by chiefs at the palace. The pastor said he was divinely instructed to go and share the meat to save his dying son. The police later reported that some pastors from the church had come to attest that pastor Johnson has mental issues.

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