Osun, police rescue girl locked for five years, arrest father, brother

By AdvocateNews on 25/01/2021

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Opeyemi Olatoke, 20, locked up by father for five years
Opeyemi Olatoke, 20, locked up by father for five years

THE Osun State government and the police have rescued Opeyemi Olatoke, 20, locked up for five years in an abandoned house at Alfa Fire area, Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Area, Osun State.
 
The police have  also arrested Samson Olatoke, father of the girl, who allegedly locked up her daughter, and her brother.
 
A statement signed by Olubukola Olaboopo, Women, Children and Social Affairs commissioner, made available to newsmen by Oyedele Kehinde, her media assistant, on Monday, January 25,  stated that the case was reported to her office by an NGO –  Value Female Network.
 
 
Opeyemi after she was rescued

She said; “The ministry and the police swung into action, we went to the house where the 20-year-old girl was locked up by her father. The father disclosed that he locked up the girl because she was physically challenged. The victim’s mother informed us that Opeyemi’s health started to deteriorate when she shouted from her sleep at age four and since then she was lame.”

Olaboopo urged parents to take good care of their children, saying parents found maltreating their wards will be dealt with according to the Laws of the State.
 
“The founder of Value Female Network NGO, Aderibigbe Costly, explained that “an anonymous source disclosed the information to our organization that a man had locked up his physically challenged child in an abandoned family house for five years in Ikirun, adding that the father of the child only feeds the girl once in a while.” – The Nation

Posted 25/01/2021 8:54:13 PM

 

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