The fleeing pastor of Joy Celestial Church, Ajibawo, Atan-Ota town of Ogun State, Francis Taiwo, who chained his 9-year-old son for weeks, has been apprehended.
Confirming his arrest, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday, with the assistance of his church members.
Taiwo is accused of applying shackles on his son, Taiwo Korede, for close to a month, as punishment for allegedly stealing.
The lad was rescued on Friday by the police and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
Premium Times learnt that the victim’s stepmother had earlier been arrested by the police who announced that the malnourished boy will be handed to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare for further rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the police spokesman disclosed that Francis Taiwo will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.