Pastor of a Pentecostal church in Ile‑Oluji, Ondo State, Peter Etim, has been arrested for child abuse by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command.
Parading the pastor in Akure, the NSCDC said he inflicted serious body injuries on two of his male children; Elijah, 10 and Hope, 8.
According to him, the boys stole N180 and also sold some wares in his shop on credit without his permission, actions which he said made him lose his temper. The suspect was paraded at the state command headquarters.
The pastor inflicted the injuries on his boys by using electric wire to beat them, reports Vanguard.
The image maker of NSCDC in the state, Mr. Kayode Balogun, while speaking with newsmen on the issue advised parents and guardians to be careful about the way they treat their children.
Balogun said children have some rights which needed to be protected under the Child Rights Act of Ondo State and the federation.
He said the suspect, with his two children, will be handed over to Child Rights Department of the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ondo State for prosecution in line with the Child Rights Act of the state after investigation is concluded.