One Pastor Francis Taiwo of the Celestial Church of Christ has been arrested for keeping his nine year old son in chains for month

He was arrested by the police from Onipan division at the church, CCC, Key of Joy Parish – in Ajibawo, Atan, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

According to a source who spoke under anonymity said it was very likely that Pastor Taiwo may be charged with attempted murder, among other offences.

 “The pastor may be charged with attempted murder. His action was capable of killing the boy,” one of the sources said.

Francis was said to have chained his son to the altar for months with the intention of casting out the evil spirit that makes him steal.

Korede, the nine year old boy went into coma because he was not been fed well. He was later rescued by the joint operation by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the police who got a tip-off from residents of the area.

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Korede during interrogation said, “It is true that I stole a pot of soup and a bowl of eba in our house. I also stole in the neighbourhood. My father’s inability to give money to my stepmother for the upkeep of the family caused it. When I was chained, my father and stepmother fed me twice a day. Some days, I was not given any food. I want to go back to school because I want to be a doctor in the future. I do not want to go back to my father’s house.”

Korede’s father  who is an indigene of Benin Republic, said he chained Korede because he was possessed. “I was ordained a pastor in the CCC in 2012. I had divorced two wives, including Korede’s mother, Maria; she is late now. She had four children for me – two boys and two girls – before she divorced me in 2007 after she gave birth to Korede. I chained Korede because he is possessed. An evil spirit makes him to steal. He needs deliverance. His siblings are not living with me.”

The Ogun State police spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the case had been transferred to the child labour unit of the command for investigation.