Ogun alleged child abuse: Police hand boy over to govt

THE Ogun State police command has handed over nine-year-old Korede Taiwo to the care of the state government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Korede was reportedly chained by his father, Francis Taiwo, for several months in a church located at Atan-Ota, a community in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The handing over was done on Monday by the officer-in-charge of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Oluwatoyosi Bello, to the officials of the ministry, on the premises of the Police Mobile Force Base, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

The boy has since been taken to the Stella Obasanjo’s Home in Ibara.

The command’s spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed that the victim, after the rescue mission, said he did not wish to return to his father’s house, adding that wife of the state governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, had indicated interest in taking care of him.

He also said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered thorough investigation of the matter and that the suspects be charged to court.

Director of Social Welfare Services, Mr Shotubo Olumide, who received Korede from the police, assured that the ministry would take care of the boy.