A nine-year-old boy, Taiwo Korede, was kept in chains for more than a month at a church in Ogun State, Nigeria, for allegedly stealing, it has been reported.
The boy's step-mother had reportedly accused him of stealing soup, prompting his father, a pastor at the Key of Joy Celestial Church, to chain him to a heavy log of wood in a room at the church.
The boy was rescued when a neighbour tipped off officials of Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who were patrolling the area of his predicament.
The NSCDC officials are said to have rushed to the church to rescue him, but reportedly faced resistance from the boy's step-mother and some members of the church.
The officials are said to have forced their way into the church premises where they found the boy under lock and key, looking pale and emaciated.
Unable to walk, the officials got a welder to cut off the chains and proceeded to send the boy to the hospital, according to a report by premiumtimes.com.
The boy's father has reportedly fled while his step-mother has been arrested by police.
Earlier in February, a two-year-old Nigeria boy was left to die by people in his village who believed he was a witch.
After feeding off scraps of food from passersby for eight months, the boy was eventually saved by Danish charity worker Anja Ringgren Loven.