The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a Celestial Church Pastor, Francis Taiwo, 40, who allegedly chained his 9-year-old son, Akorede, since February in Ota.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, told The Renaissance that Francis was picked on Sunday, after initially evading arrest.
Taiwo, who is the leader and Shepherd-In-Charge of the Celestial Church of Crhrist, Key of Joy Parish, in Ajibawo village, Ota ran away on Saturday when men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) stormed the place to rescue under-aged boy.
The sheperd-in-charge was suspected to have chained his son, for several months, on accusation that he stole his money.
The Renaissance reports that Korede, was rescued from the church premises by men of the NSCDC, who acted on a tip off from neighbours that got wind of the boy’s plight on Friday.
During interrogation, Taiwo told the Police that he decided to chain the boy because he was convinced that his son was possessed by evil spirit, which influenced him to be stealing.
“I chained him because I felt he is possessed and I’m not comfortable with his stealing habit,” the pastor said.
He also told the Police that he had divorced the boy’s mother, Marine, who is from Delta State.
According to him, the marriage produced four children before the divorce, adding that the three other children were not living with him.
He said the victim’s mother, Marine Taiwo, was from Delta State and that Korede’s siblings were not living with him.
Taiwo, who cliamed to hails from Benin Republic, said that he was born in Ota.
Meanwhile, the PPRO, who confirmed the arrest of the pastor, said that his arrest effected following a strong directive from the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali.
Adejobi said that the AIG, who relocated to Ogun at the weekend because of the case, condemned the pastor’s criminal and inhuman act.
“AIG Ali directed that the matter be properly handled, while the fleeing pastor should be apprehended without delay,” the PPRO told The Renaissance.
He said that the suspect and his new wife, who is the boy’s stepmother, Kehinde would be prosecuted as soon as investigation is completed.