Pastor chains son to altar, leaves him to starve

Pastor chains son to altar, leaves him to starve
Published: 2016 July 25 21:09:19 (7610 Views)
A Celestial Church of Christ pastor who kept his nine-year-old son in chains for months has been arrested.

40-year-old Francis Taiwo could be charged with attempted murder, among other offences.

Francis chained his son, Korede, to the altar in the church for more than a month and starved him until he went into a coma in an attempt to cast out a supposed spirit that made the boy to steal.

Korede was rescued during a joint operation by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the police, after receiving a tip-off from residents of the area.

Korede's stepmother, Kehinde, has also been arrested for allegedly aiding the cruelty meted out to the boy.



Korede, who said he aspired to be a doctor, blamed his father for his stealing habit.

He said: "It is true that I stole a pot of soup and a bowl of eba in our house. I also stole in the neighbourhood.

"My father's inability to give money to my stepmother for the upkeep of the family caused it.

"When I was chained, my father and stepmother fed me twice a day. Some days, I was not given any food.

"I want to go back to school because I want to be a doctor in the future. I do not want to go back to my father's house," Korede had said.



Source - Punch Metro

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