The police in Ogun state has rescued a 10-year-old girl, Promise who was allegedly chained by the woman she was living with, Chiamaka Okafor at a house in the Saraki, Adigbe area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to PUNCH, she was chained for two days (Wednesday and Thursday) before she was rescued by the Police at 7PM (Thursday).
Promise told police that her boss (who is her aunt, according to the report), chained her for allegedly stealing N4,000.
According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesperson in the state:
We had an information that the girl was chained to a burglarproof window at an uncompleted building at Adigbe area and this led our men to the scene.
The girl told us that it was her aunt who chained her on the allegation that she stole a sum of N4,000. The woman is now on the run, while her husband, who is an accomplice, has been arrested and he is helping us in our investigation.
Oyeyemi said Chiamaka fled the house on sighting the police, leaving behind her four children, including a 6-month old baby.
Omotoyosi Odu, a tenant at the house said:
At a point, when the girl was chained to the window in the kitchen, she was crying out to me that I should please give her food. Other neighbours too heard her cry.
Then the landlords had left home for their shop at Pansheke Market. Later, the girl was moved to the boys’ quarters and chained again. Some of us tried to intervene but she warned us to steer clear, because it was none of our business.
Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, IIiyasu Ahmed, has ordered a manhunt for the fleeing woman in order to bring her to justice, so as to serve as deterrent to others.
“The matter is under investigation and the police is after Chiamaka Okafor. As soon as we complete the investigation, they will be charged to court,” Oyeyemi added.
Promise has been moved to the welfare home, Stella Obasanjo Children’s Home, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.
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