Nigerian child in recent times has been an endangered specie in the hands of those who are supposed to show love and affection to them.
The children are being abandoned, brutalized and molested with impunity.
For instance, the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) last week rescued a nine-year-old boy who was chained in Ogun State for weeks before he was rescued, looked emaciated before he was rescued.
Korede’s father was said to be the pastor in charge of Key of Joy Celestial Church of Christ, Ajibawo area in Atan Ota, Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.
However, his wife, who is also said to be victim’s step mother, had been arrested.
The pastor’s neighbours were said to have given the policemen a tip off about the incident.
Korede according to investigation was given the horrifying punishment of his life for allegedly stealing from his step-mother’s pot of soup.
Korede was chained by the neck to a heavy log of wood in a room for “more than a month”.
The spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the boy was chained by his own father, a pastor in the church, who was currently cooling his heels in police net.
“According to the information from officer in charge of Ado-Odo NSCDC Division who led the rescue operation, the boy had been chained for two weeks at the very Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish) the boy was tired and pale, he was not able to talk when he was initially rescued.
On getting to the church there was serious resistance by members led by the pastor’s wife Kehinde, but Civil defence Corps men insisted, and they were able to force their way into the church premises. The boy was actually under lock and key.
“They quickly took him to their office for necessary entries and documentation and proceeded to the General Hospital, Ota.
However, still in shock about Korede’s maltreatment in the hands of his loved ones, another news broke about a 10-year-old girl that was chained for allegedly stealing N10,000 from her aunt.
This new case was coming barely a week one week after Korede Taiwo let loose from the chains of his father.
Promise Udeh, was rescued at Adigbe area of Abeokuta, after neighbours living close to the building where she was chained alerted the police.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the girl was chained by her aunt, Chiamaka Okafor, who accused her of stealing N4,000.
According to the Police spokesman, Chiamaka is currently on the run but her husband, Sunday Okafor, had been arrested.
The rescue of Promise Udeh has brought to two in one week cases of child molestation of the future leaders of tomorrow.
The promise by the wife of the state governor, Yeye Olufunsho Amosun to adopt the boy as her own and promised to fund his education up to the university is not enough to stop child molestation in the state.
Nigerian NewsDirect suggests that the government should have a separate department that would see to the child’s right in the state and proffer stiff punishment for anyone who brutalises or molests innocent young and promising Nigerian child.