A 12-year-old boy, Segun Azeez, who was chained by his grandmother, Yemi Kazeem, for three months, has been rescued by men of the Ogun state police command, Guardian reports.
The operation was reportedly led by Ahmed Illiyasu, the state’s commissioner of police, who took his men to set the boy free at his Ife-Lagba residence in the Obada area of the state.
gathers that the chain used was provided by the boy’s mother, Yomi Kazeem, a nurse who had separated from his father, supposedly to prevent him from running away.
Speaking after his release, Segun, who was in tears, stated that his ordeal began from his Sagamu paternal home where he was charmed.
He stated that the charm which was cast on him, made him constantly run away from home.
He disclosed that he felt his troubles would finally cease when his mother brought him to Obada; but that the situation only continued.
According to Segun, he had gotten accustomed to hunger and deprivation, and had to put a halt to his education at Primary three.
The police commissioner described Segun’s predicament and treatment at the hands of his relatives as inhuman, heinous, and capable of leading to ‘ritual killing or child disappearance.’
Illiyasu disclosed that men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad who were patrolling flash points were the ones who had uncovered the crime.
According to Illiyasu, until his rescue, Segun had been “starved, urinated and defecated at the spot where he was chained.”
Segun’s mother stated that she did not know that it was a crime to chain her son, as his grandmother also told newsmen that the boy was stubborn and was chained so he would not flee.
Meanwhile, we previously reported that Ogun state police officers rescued Promise Udeh, aged 10, who was chained up by her aunt in Adigbe area of Abeokuta.
According to Abimbola. Oyeyemi, the command’s public relations officer, the child was kept in an uncompleted building as punishment for allegedly stealing N4,000.
Little Promise was found after police received a tip-off from concerned neighbors. It was unclear how long the girl had been in captivity, and she was subsequently handed over to the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Home.