The Ogun State police said a manhunt commenced for pastor 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.
Ogun state Police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed this to newsmen on Sunday said the boyâ€™s health is improving. He said the boy will be handed over to Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare for further rehabilitation.
The police working with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, had on Friday rescued the nine year old victim, Korede Taiwo, from one of the apartments in the church where he was being tortured and chained.
The authorities said they acted on a tip-off from a concern citizen.
Mr. Adejobi said the boyâ€™s stepmother, Kehinde Taiwo, is already arrested and in custody while the police is yet to get details of his biological mother.
â€œThe boy is better now, he can stand,â€ the spokesperson said.
â€œThe father is on the run. No information about him yet but we have started intensive manhunt on him. He can only run for awhile but he canâ€™t hide, the long hand of the law will catch up with him.â€
While the police search for the fugitive father, the Assistant Inspector General of Police for the zone, Abdulmajid Aliâ€Ž, warned residents that authorities would deal with anyone found maltreating children.
The nine year old boy , Korede Taiwo ,while narrating his ordeal to news men on sunday said his father Francis Taiwo and his step mum always starve him, he said i am not being fed regularly when i was chained, my Father and his wife only feed me twice a day with little food while most days they won’t feed me anything, he further said he wants to live a normal life like all his age mate, he wasnt to go back to school and become a medical doctor in the future, i also do not want to return to my father’s house nor to him.