A few days ago, we had brought you horrific news of the 9 year-old Taiwo Korede who was chained and tortured by Celestial Church In Ogun. (Read here if you missed)
The boy who was rescued by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had been chained for two weeks at the Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish)at Ajibawo in Ado Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.
He was taken to hospital and the Medical Director one Dr. Osinbajo assured the Corps that the boy will get necessary medical attention needed.
According to a report by Premium Times, neighbours of the church described Mr. Francis (father of the 9 year old) as a “wicked” father.
“The boy is a stubborn boy, always fighting,” an elderly man, who refused to be named because he’s not “one of them,” said.
“He has chained the boy since May, because he stole soup. That he always steals soup in the house and even outside the house. We knew it was a wicked thing to do to the little boy,” he added.
According to Albert Hunkanyin, a pastor in another Celestial Church parish, Francis is his younger brother.
He described him as a stubborn man who usually maltreats young Korede.
“That is the behaviour of the fellow. This person doesn’t use to listen to anything at all. He does what he wants,” Mr. Hunkanyin, Shepherd-In-Charge, CCC, Ire-Akari Parish, Ajibawo, said through an interpreter.
“He did something like this in 2013. This particular boy was missing and he came to this church to come and meet me.
“I had once arrested him with soldiers in 2013 because of the way he maltreats the boy. Other members came and pleaded and he said such won’t happen again.
“Soldiers were asking him why he maltreated the boy the way he did. He beats the boy mercilessly. Ever since then, he has been keeping malice with me.”
After initially evading law enforcement officials, Mr. Francis was arrested by the police on Sunday. Police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he was arrested with the help of his church members.
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