Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun State Command have rescued a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, at Ajibawo village in Atan-Ota, Ado-Odo Ota local government area of the state.
Vanguard learnt that the boy was accused of stealing meat from their cooking pot by his step mother identified as Kehinde.
The step mother was said reported the case of alleged stealing to the father, a pastor, who reportedly tied the boy’s hands and legs with chains.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Olanrewaju Kareem, in a statement, said the boy was in chains until a neighbor informed officials on surveillance patrol of critical infrastructure in the area who rescued the boy.
Kareem further disclosed that the boy had been chained for one month at the Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish) .
The boy after he was rescued, according to him, was tired and pale and was not able to talk.
“ On getting to the church, there was serious resistance by members, led by the pastor’s wife, Kehinde, but men of Civil Defence Corps insisted, and were able to force their way into the premises and found that the boy was actually in chains”, the PRO added.
“They quickly took him to the office for necessary entries and documentation and proceeded to the General Hospital, Ota.
“The boy was bathed and one Dr. Akintunde at the hospital asked NSCDC officials who took him there to cut the chains to enable them administer treatment on him. “Before our men left the hospital, he had been responding to treatment as he had started talking. However, the Hospital Medical Director one Dr. Osinbajo who came later assured the Corps that the boy will get necessary medical attention. “The step mother and the chain with padlock have been handed over to the police”. Meanwhile, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali,has condemned the pastor’s alleged action, saying the matter will be properly handled and the fleeing pastor apprehended.
“He has ordered that the young boy,Korede,be given proper medical attention,”the AIG said.