The Ogun State Police Command has arrested Pastor Francis Taiwo, who chained his son, Korede Taiwo, for allegedly displaying habits of stealing.
The man, aged 40, is said to be God’s servant at the Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish), in Ajibawo area near Atan, Otta.
The boy was rescued on July 22 by security operatives in a room around the church after they got a tip-off from a member of the community.
Pastor Taiwo, according to the statement from the office of the command’s Public Relations Office, hails from Benin Republic, but born in Otta into the same church.
He was said to have been ordained as a pastor in the church in 2012.
The statement had it that Taiwo had two wives, while the mother of the victim is reported to be late.
He confirmed that he chained the boy because of his stealing habit and that he felt the young boy was possessed.
The Command said the case had been transferred to the Anti Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit for necessary investigation and actions on the welfare of Korede.