Suspected members of the Badoo cult at the weekend attacked the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Okin Parish, Igbo Agbowa, Ibeshe in Ikorodu, Lagos.
Three Badoo cultists had mixed with the congregation during the vigil.
As members slept, the assailants smashed stone on the head of a woman.
The victim raised the alarm, which woke up other church members and residents of the area.
A resident told Punch that the suspects were chased and one of them was apprehended.
The witness added that the woman had been admitted to a hospital.
He said: “After his arrest, he told us that they were three that attended the vigil. They pretended to be members of the church.
“People were exhausted after the service and slept off inside the church. During that period, they attacked the woman. She was seriously injured in the head.
“Two of them fled, but the third suspect was apprehended and taken to the Ipakodo Police Station. Some youths wanted to lynch him, but they were stopped.”
An elder in the community urged the police to arrest other fleeing members and their sponsors.
“The woman is in a critical condition at the hospital. It was assurances from elderly members of the community that justice would be done that made the youths hand over the suspect to the police.
“We have witnessed a situation where a suspect was caught like this and handed over to the police, but nothing came out of it.
“The police should ensure diligent investigation and prosecution. If justice is done, people will stop jungle justice,” he added.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has confirmed the incident.
The CP said, “We don’t want those ones that ran away to have an inkling of what we are doing.
“We have been looking for how to get them. If we blow this open, others may go into hiding.”