This is the turnaround tale of Korede Taiwo, a 9-year-old boy who lost his mother to the cruel hands of death, chained for a month without much food by his stepmother and father, rescued and adopted by Mrs Funsho Amosun First Lady of Ogun State, and now pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor.
Korede’s father who is a pastor said the child needed deliverance for stealing Eba and Soup after going without food for most afternoons. After his mum died, the father had shown little interest in his well-being, so sometimes he steals food to survive.
Korede was rescued, following a tip-off from church members, which prompted NSCDC’s rescue operation on July 22, 2016. As at the time of rescue, he was not only frail, he was malnourished and smaller than a child of his age, dejected, withdrawn, and traumatised. He could barely speak above whispers due to exhaustion and starvation. People were forced to strain their ears to hear him.