Operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have rescued a nine-year old boy, Taiwo Korede, who had been chained and detained for weeks in a church premises.
The officers who invaded the Celestial Church of Chris Key of Joy Paris Ajiwo at Ajibawo in Ado odo OTA on Friday immediately took the emaciated boy to health centre where the chains were removed after grueling hours to avoid hurting the victim.
The case has since been transferred to the appropriate authority for further investigation and prompt actions against the perpetrators of the atrocity.
A statement by the NSCDC’s Ogun State PRO, Kareem Olanrewaju, said Korede was chained for repeatedly stealing soup prepared by his step mother.
“She reported to the Father who took step by chaining his hand and legs. This situation was on like that until a Good Samaritan informed NSCDC officials on surveillance patrol of critical infrastructure in the area, they immediately swung into action and ensure the boy was immediately rescued,” the corps said.
He said church members, led by the step-mother, Kehinde, had attempted to stop NSCDC officials from rescuing the boy.
“According to the information from officer in charge of Ado-Odo NSCDC Division who led the rescue operation, the boy had been chained for two weeks at the very Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish) the boy was tired and pail, he was not able to talk when he was initially rescued. On getting to the church there was serious resistance by members led by the pastor’s wife Kehinde, but Civil defence Corps men insisted, and they were able to force their way into the church premises. The boy was actually under lock and key. They quickly took him to the office for necessary entries and documentation and proceeded to the General Hospital, Ota.
“The boy was bath and one Dr. Akintunde asked NSCDC officials who took him there to give him lucosade boost, they then called on whether to cut the chains so as to enable them administer treatment. Before NSCDC left the hospital, he has been responding to treatment as he has started talking. However, the Hospital Medical Director one Dr. Osinbajo who came later assures the Corps that the boy will get necessary medical attention needed.
“Meanwhile, the Corps has since liaised with the police at Atan, who promised to continue with the investigation and do all necessary things needed.”