Francis had been chained and starved by his cleric father, who accused him of being ‘possessed by the spirit of stealing’. He was, however, rescued by officers attached to Ogun State Police Command, Onipanu division and subsequently adopted by the wife of the state governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun.
The boy is no longer recognisable as he looks well taken care of after his rescue and adoption.
A Facebook user, Femi Salako posted the recent photo with praises for the first lady.
The Facebook user wrote:
#FROM #GRASS #TO #GRACE.
Not just a pretty face, Dr Mrs Olufunso Amosun is a Woman after Mother Theresa’s heart.
This is Korede Francis 9-years-old of 201 and the current Korede Francis 10-year-old of today. The boy who was chained on his neck to die by his biological father at a Celestial Church in Ado Odo Ota Ogun State.
Korede was adopted by the wife of the Governor, Ogun state, Dr.(Mrs) Olufunso Amosun. Thank God for the kindness of Her Excellency. #UPLIFTingtheChildren #OlufunsoCareForthelittleChild #OlufunsoUPLIFTKorede #OlufunsoDemonstratingLoveFortheChildren #UPLIFTingtheVulnerableChild.
Korede’s father, Francis Taiwo, a Celestial Church of Christ pastor who starved and kept the boy in chains for months, was arrested in August 2016.
The 40-year-old pastor was apprehended by the police from the Onipanu division at his church – CCC, Key of Joy Parish – in Ajibawo, Atan, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
In October the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, took up the sponsorship of the then nine-year-old with the promise that the sponsorship would be till he graduates from the university.
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