A nine year old boy,Korede Taiwo has been rescued from Key of Joy Celestial Church of Christ, Ajibawo, Atan Ota in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State at the weekend.
Korede’s father who is said to be the pastor in charge of the church is on the run, the police said yesterday.
The State Police Command said it had launched a manhunt for the suspect.
His wife and Korede’s step mother is, however, in police custody facing interrogation.
The Onipanu Division of the police was said to have been tipped off by neighbours of the Taiwos.
The police immediately swung into action although by then the suspect had fled.
Spokesman for the police in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident, saying the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered the arrest of the fleeing pastor and immediate medical attention for the kid.
“The police operatives, who got a tip-off from a neighbour in the community, swung into action and moved to the said church where the victimised young Korede was chained and rescued him,” Adejobi said.
Adejobi said Kehinde claimed that Korede’s father’s cruel act was prompted by Korede’s consistent act of stealing.
He added: “Korede has been treated by the police and discharged. He is now receiving every necessary attention from the police personnel in the Onipanu Division.
“The young boy will soon be handed over to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State for necessary action.”
Ali said any parents or individuals who maltreated children or young ones in the state would not be spared.
Meanwhile, the young boy said he does not want to go back to his father’s house .Speaking with newsmen yesterday, he pleaded that he wants to go back to school. His ambition is to become a medical doctor.
He admitted to being a petty thief but vowed not to go back to the act again.