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12-year-old girl with mental condition locked and starved for 8 months rescued

12-year-old girl with mental condition locked and starved for 8 months rescued 

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The police command in Sokoto State has rescued a 12-year-old girl, Joy Emmanuel, from solitary confinement. The girl was said to have been caged for eight months by her guardians identified as Emmanuel Basey and his wife Esther Emmanuel.

Joy was also said to have been denied food throughout the period of her confinement at Sokoto Cinema area in Sokoto North Local Government Area.

It was gathered the duo took the action because “she is mentally unstable” which was later proved to be false by the police.

The spokesman of the Sokoto State Police Command, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, said the girl was rescued on Thursday while the suspects were arrested and detained at the Dadin Kowa police station.

“They kept the girl in a cage at their compound and starved her of food for eight months. When our men broke the door of the cage, the girl was too frail to walk because she was emaciated.

“We met her in a very horrible situation, urinating and excreting inside the cage. The girl was taken to the specialist’s hospital for treatment,” he said.

He said that both the victim and the suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) for further action.


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