Residents of Ajibawo village, a suburb of Ogun state, were stunned on Friday, July 22, when officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) acted on a tip-off to rescue the lad from his father, Francis Taiwo. Several reports had it that the boy was chained by the shepherd of the Celestial Church of God, Key of Joy Parish over allegations that he stole a meat from the pot.

The prophet, in his confession to security men, stated also, that he took the action because the boy was possessed by an evil spirit which makes him to steal. “He needs deliverance,” the pastor added. But during a visit to the deserted community on Tuesday, correspondents discovered that the people in the area were shocked by the findings by the security operatives. The road to the church suggested that the place was not safe to inhabit people, especially because it was almost deep inside an undeveloped area.

The church had also become a ‘no-go’ area since the incident was reported, the entrance was left open and the people living there were no where to be found. Inside the church premises, our correspondents discovered a well which content could not be ascertained as at the time of visit as we kept calling on whosoever was in the building to reach out for some comments.

Even the direct neighbours of the pastor had left their house which was left at the mercy of a ‘lame’ dog, which was barking lazily at our correspondents who were calling out to the residents.

One of the residents who volunteered to speak with, informed that the pastor was actually planning to use the poor boy for money-making rituals. According to the man who identified himself as Olanrewaju Adebayo, (aka Egin): “What we discovered after the arrest by the civil defence officers was that the man actually wanted to use the boy for money-making rituals. “Everybody in the area has left and even the church members are nowhere to be found.

If I didn’t bring you to this place, not many Okada riders would have brought you here regardless of the amount you may want to pay.” Speaking also on the incident, another resident who refused to speak with our correspondent on camera, noted that the pastor is actually the boy’s father. But that, “the woman who was taking care of him is not his real father. “Please, tell everybody about the inhumane behaviour of the pastor.

The man and his wife have been begging since their arrest last week.” When visited the State Hospital, Ota where the boy was said to have been first taken to after his rescue, it was gathered that he has since been discharged and taken to Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

A senior nurse who simply identified herself as Mrs Ajayi said: “I was not around when the incident happened but I was told by subordinates that he was brought here and as far as I know, the boy is not in this hospital.”

While confirming this development to our correspondents, a staff in the office of the hospital’s administrative secretary’s, informed that, “he was bathed here after the chain had been cut from his neck and was taken to the laboratory where tests were conducted on him. “He has since been taken to Abeokuta by the NSCDC officials who brought him here.” Police sources have since informed that the pastor who reportedly hails from Benin Republic may be charged to court for attempted murder.