Po­lice ar­rest fa­ther who chained son, 9, for weeks

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Pas­tor Fran­cis Taiwo, who chained his nine-year-old boy for sev­eral weeks to a wood in the premises of a church he heads, has been ar­rested by the po­lice.

The news had ear­lier bro­ken of the res­cue of the nine-year-old by an of­fi­cial of the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC from the Ajibawo area of Ado-Odo/ Ota church where he was locked down.

The fa­ther had re­port­edly chained him in­side the premises of the Key of Faith par­ish of the Ce­les­tial Church of Christ (CCC) at Ajibawo in the Ado-odo/ Ota area of Ogun about six weeks ago un­til re­lief came in the early hours of Satur­day.

The NSCDC res­cued the boy af­ter a tip-off by neigh­bours. He was ac­cused of steal­ing, es­pe­cially soup from their cook­ing pot, by his step­mother named Ke­hinde, who had also been ar­rested, and was sub­se­quently chained in his hand and legs and pad­locked to a wood.

The fa­ther fled af­ter the boy’s res­cue, but luck ran out on him yesterday when the Po­lice caught up with him, ac­cord­ing to the Po­lice spokesman, Muyiwa Ade­jobi, who re­vealed that Pas­tor Fran­cis who hails from Benin Re­pub­lic but born in Otta, Ogun State, into the same Ce­les­tial Church, was or­dained as a pas­tor in 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pas­tor con­firmed that he chained Korede be­cause he felt he’s pos­sessed and he’s not com­fort­able with his steal­ing habit.

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