July 30, 2016

Another young girl tortured and chained by her aunty rescued, woman on the run

Cruelty against children getting too much these days. The Ogun police command has rescued another child, 10yrs old Promise Udeh, found chained in a house at Saraki, Adigbe, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

She was rescued on Thursday around 7.30 pm when neighbours living close to the building where she was chained alerted the police.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Promise was chained by her aunt, Chiamaka Okafor, who accused her of stealing N4,000.

She was said to have been chained for two days (Wednesday and Thursday) before she was rescued.

Oyeyemi said Chiamaka is currently on the run but her husband, Sunday Okafor has been arrested.

Narrating how the police found the child, the police spokesperson said, “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 aunty 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.”

Chiamaka, however, escaped arrest on Friday when the Divisional Police Officer of Adigbe led a team of policemen and journalists to the home of the Okafors, tucked in the inner part of the area.

On sighting the police team, she allegedly fled through the backdoor, leaving behind her four children including a baby of about six months.

One of them, Godwin said, "our mummy has gone to buy baby food."

A frantic search for her in the neighbourhood did not yield any positive result. However, three of the Okafors’ relatives and a tenant who occupied the boys quarters in the house, were arrested.

The tenant, Segun Poviesi, who’s a Beninese, said the landlady (Chiamaka) was still in the house, a few minutes before the arrival of the police team.

“She was still around about two minutes before you arrived here. I could hear splash of water from the bathroom of the main building. But I did not know how she escaped,” he said.

His fiancee, Omotoyosi Odu, confirmed that Chiamaka, who is the landlady, indeed chained Promise, adding that she was starved for the two days before she was rescued. She told the policemen that the victim was first chained to burglarproof iron in the Okafors’ kitchen, before she was later transferred to a room in the uncompleted part of the boys quarters.

She 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 heared her cry.

“Then the landlord 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.”

It could not be established whether Promise is a relation of the Okafors or a housemaid.

Meanwhile, Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the new state Commissioner of Police, has ordered the arrest of the fleeing suspect, Chiamaka, who chained the little girl.

This is coming barely a week after security operatives rescued a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, chained by his father, Francis, for over a month for stealing.

The father and his step-mother, Kehinde, would soon appear in court.


maryam sadisu said...

So this chaning of kids is also a trend now?

SPACO said...

If a child misbehave, he or she should be disciplined if not we will have a corrupt and lawless generation.

samaila sulaiman said...

What a wicked world we live in today

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

Why are these wicked people treating young kids like this.

inumidun said...

D heart of man is indeed wicked, children wey people dey find desperately, sum r treating dem inhumanly..

olutoscene1 said...

people are heartless...

#Olu, can you see?

Jeff Kingsley Jr said...

Haha come are human beings dog nw or wat I dnt get

Anonymous said...

When you hear how badly Racist white Americans treat African Americans, it is because of that slavish mentality that says that a person enslaved before, remains a slave for ever. That is why blacks, irrespective of their contribution or educational achievement in America are treated like third class citizens by white bigoted fools.
Take a look at this girl and u will see that the concept of slavery still exist even in Africa. In this case, a house girl is supposed to do what she is told, not to be heard from and if she dare strays from these principles she will be chained and forgotten as a human being. The worst offenders of this cruel act are those families who grew up in poverty, lived in poverty for so many years and when they get a little money they become more vicious and hard to understand in their treatment to the less preveledged! The woman who perpetrated this heinous act must go to jail and child abuse which is rather rampant in Nigeria by the rich and middle class towards the less preveledged children is worse than racism. This type of power dynamics which gives people power to decide which servant who lives or dies must be curbed by our legislators in Nigeria. No decent person must abuse servants or exploit them because of their poor status. The evil that men and woman do lives after them, remember that folks!! Karma is a bitch!!

Anonymous said...

They do this to a fellow human being in Nigeria but when they come to America they will be the first to complain about Racism, discrimination and how black people are treated badly. Charity they say begins at home...Don't treat your house girls in Nigeria like slaves whose lives are dispensable..you are not God....Tomorrow is pregnant only God knows what it will bring forth!!