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Pastor chains son, 9, for one month for stealing

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.

9yr-old Korede-Taiwo
9yr-old Korede-Taiwo

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.



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