In the statement released today July 25th, the leadership of
the church condemned the act, stating it will never support
any act of child abuse. Read the statement after the cut…
Our attention has been drawn to media reports concerning
the activities of Prophet Francis Taiwo, Shepherd in Charge,
Celestial Church of Christ ( C.C.C ), Key of Joy Parish,
Ajiwo at Ajibawo in Ado Odo/Ota local government area
of Ogun State. Prophet Francis Taiwo was reported to have
chained his nine year old son and starved him of food for
months, after the boy was accused of habitual stealing.
The nine year old boy was eventually rescued by men of
the NSCDC who stormed the church premises for that
purpose. Latest reports indicate that the culprit, Prophet
Francis Taiwo was later arrested by the police with the help
of his church members. This report has drawn the ire of the
public and our great church has been receiving undeserved
We are thus compelled to issue this statement to correct
whatever misconceptions must have been created about the
church, in the minds of the general public, by this shameful
and totally unacceptable incident. Let it be known that the
Celestial Church of Christ does not condone child abuse and
violence of any form.
We recognise and place a high value on our youths and
children as we often acknowledge them as the salt of the
earth and a vital part of the future of any organisation,
church or nation. Our belief is that children therefore must
be raised in an atmosphere of love, Christian values and
reasonable parental discipline.
The fact that the said Prophet Francis Taiwo was arrested by
the Police with the help of his church members lends
credence to the fact that our church abhors child abuse,
domestic violence and inhumanity of any form.
We commend the NSCDC and the Nigerian Police for a job
well done, and wish to assure the general public that the
Celestial Church of Christ is already looking into the matter
and would mete out appropriate disciplinary actions on the
culprits. Thank you and may the Lord be with you all.
The Celestial Church of Christ has released a statement reacting to the report of one of their pastors, who chained his nine year old son