Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
Mr. Francis Taiwo, the father of the boy who chained for over a month, Korede, monday sought forgiveness from the Ogun State Government, saying he regretted his action.
He said: “I didn’t know there is punishment for my action but now I know. I regret my actions. I want forgiveness from the government.”
Also, Korede’s stepmother pleaded with the government to forgive her and the husband.
He said: “We used to advise him (Korede) but because we don’t know the implication that time, that was the reason we chained him. What I want is to beg the government to forgive us.”
Meanwhile, Ogun State Police Command has handed over Korede to the state government.
The boy was rescued last Friday by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the state police command.
Korede, who was brought to Zone 2 Area Command, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta by the police team led by the state Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, was later handed over to officials of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development at the Zone 2 area command, Abeokuta.
He was handed over to the Director of Social Welfare Services in the ministry, Mr. Shotubo Olumide by the Officer-in-Charge of Anti-Human Trafficking of the Command, Oluwatoyosi Bello, a Superintendent of Police.
Korede was later moved to Stella Obasanjo Children’s Home, which is about 500 metres from the area command, where he would start a new life.
Korede’s father and his step mother, Kehinde, were however present at the Zone 2 Area Command but were not allowed to witness the handing over ceremony.
Francis who’s the pastor in charge of Key of Joy Celestial Church of Christ, Ajibawo, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government area of the state, had fled, until he was arrested on Sunday, through the help of the members Celestial Church of Christ, Ota.
Shortly before the ceremony, Adejobi said after the rescue mission, Korede insisted he did want to go back to his father’s house.
Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police, said the wife of the state governor Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, has indicated interest in taking care of him.
The police spokesman said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, has ordered a thorough investigation of the matter and the suspects be charged to court.