Abuja - A pastor has been arrested following the discovery of his starving son chained up inside his house in an alleged bid to "deliver" him from "spirits", Punch reports.
Francis Taiwo, pastor at the Celestial Church of Christ, was apprehended by police on Sunday at his church, after he went on the run following the discovery of his son.
Taiwo is set to be charged with attempted murder, among other charges, pending the completion of a full investigation into the case.
The pastor's son, Korede, was found to be chained to the man's altar for over a month and starved until he entered into a coma.
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Taiwo has claimed that the boy was prone to stealing and running away from home and that he was chained as a form of punishment in a bid to have him repent of his allegedly "evil" ways.
While telling of his horrific ordeal, the boy claimed to have picked up his habit of stealing from his father, who he claims failed to give his stepmother money toward the upkeep of the family household.
Taiwo, a father of five who hails from Benin, has since confessed to his ill-treatment of the boy, while vehemently alleging that the boy was possessd by evil spirits.
“I was ordained a pastor in the CCC in 2012. I had divorced two wives, including Korede’s mother, Maria; she is late now. She had four children for me – two boys and two girls – before she divorced me in 2007 after she gave birth to Korede. I chained Korede because he is possessed. An evil spirit makes him to steal. He needs deliverance. His siblings are not living with me,” Taiwo stated.
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