A cleric, Prophet Elikanah Ajibade, who was charged to court on Tuesday and was remanded in prison, was accused to have physically abused his son because he attended a church service against his instruction.
According to the details obtained by Crime Reports, the boy who is
now in the care of JWC staff, reportedly left home for the new year eve
service on Monday, December 31, 2012, in a church which was not his
father’s, though against the will of his father.
The father, a Cherubim and Seraphim prophet at Okinni, a town in
Egbedore Local Government area of Osun State, had earlier told his son
who is his late wife’s third son not to go to any other church for the
service to usher in a new year.
It was gathered that Prophet Ajibade, in annoyance, went to the
church, interrupted the service and brought David out, lashing him with
strokes of cane. Efforts by members of the church, Salvation Army
Church, Okinni, to rescue the hapless boy proved abortive as the father
reportedly shunned their pleas.
The boy, who told the police that the father started maltreating him
since the demise of his biological mother, recounted that the father in
company of his stepmother and stepbrother beat him mercilessly. “When we
got home, my dad, his wife and her son descended on me. They tied my
hands with a rope and started beating me mercilessly”.
With tears cascading down his cheeks, David Ajibade said, “after
beating me, my stepmother locked my me and my father inside and took the
key away. Then my dad continued to beat me and when he was tired, he
ordered that I should be rolling on hot ashes”.
While giving his account on the matter, Prophet Ajibade said the boy
had been running away from home for years. He said, “he used to run away
for weeks and would come back himself. On his last deed which got me
angry, he ran away for one week”.
The father, whom Crime Reports learnt had never reported to the
police anytime his son was missing, stated that he decided to punish the
boy because of the tension and anxiety he went through and the problems
he encountered while looking for the boy. He denied asking the boy to
roll on hot ashes.