The police in Ogun State said they have commenced a manhunt for Francis Taiwo, a pastor of the Key of Joy Celestial Church, Ajibawo, Atan-Ota town of the state.
Mr. Taiwo, along with other church members, is accused of chaining his 9-year-old son for weeks.
The Ogun Police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed this to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday said the boy’s health is improving.
He said the boy will be handed over to Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare during the week for further rehabilitation.
The police working with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, had on Friday rescued the victim, Korede Taiwo, from an apartment in the church where he was chained.
The authorities said they acted on a tip-off. Mr. Adejobi said the boy’s stepmother, Kehinde Taiwo, was already in custody while the police was yet to get details of his biological mother.
“The boy is better now, he can stand,” the spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES.
“The father is on the run. No information about him yet but we have started intensive manhunt on him.
He can only run for awhile and he can’t hide.”
While the police search for the fugitive father, the Assistant Inspector General of Police for the zone, Abdulmajid Ali, warned residents that authorities would deal with anyone found maltreating children.