Chained 9-yr-old: Celestial Church Wants Pastor-Father Prosecuted

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The Celestial Church of Christ, CCC, which ordained Francis Taiwo a pastor and deployed him to head
one of its parishes in the Ado Odo/Ota Local
Government Area of Ogun State, yesterday, issued a
statement condemning the man’s action
concerning his nine-year-old son.

A statement made available by the Church and
signed by Superior Evangelist (Prof) Bola
Akinterinwa, Secretary, Board of Trustees, BoT, CCC
Worldwide, said the Church’s Spiritual Head, Pastor
Mobiyina Oshoffa and the BoT are saddened by the
incident.

Prophet Francis Taiwo chained his son and starved
him of food for weeks, after the boy was accused of
habitual stealing.

The boy was eventually rescued by men of the
Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC,
within the church premises a few days ago.

Taiwo, Shepherd in Charge, CCC, Key of Joy Parish,
Ajiwo at Ajibawo in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government
Area of Ogun State, has since been arrested with
the help of his church members.

The CCC statement read in part: “The report has
drawn the ire of the public and our great church
has been receiving undeserved flaks.

”We are, therefore, compelled to issue this
statement to correct whatever misconceptions that
might have been created about the church in the
minds of the public by this shameful and totally
unacceptable incident.

“Let it be known that the Celestial Church of Christ
does not condone child abuse and violence of any
form. We recognise and place a high value on our
youths and children as we do acknowledge them
as the salt of the earth and a vital part of the future
of any given stratum of society, organisation, church or nation.

”Our belief is that children must be raised in an
atmosphere of love, Christian values and
reasonable and acceptable parental discipline.”

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