The Osun State Government has rescued a 20-year-old woman locked up in an abandoned house by her parents for five years and fed once in a while.
The girl identified as Opeyemi Olatoke was locked up in the abandoned family house located at Alfa Fire area, Oke-Iba-Obaagun road, in Ikirun, Ifelodun local government area of the state.
The Women, Children and Social Affairs Commissioner, Barr. Olubukola Olaboopo, who confirmed the development on Monday, January 25, in a statement signed by her Media Assistant, Oyedele Kehinde, revealed that the matter was reported to her office by an NGO; Value Female Network.
“The case of the wicked act was reported at the Ministry of Women, Children and Affairs, by an NGO; Value Female Network in the state, and the ministry swiftly swung into action to rescue the victim. As I speak now, the girl who is emaciated has been taken for medical attention which bills would be footed by the state government,” said the Commissioner.
The Commissioner stressed that the government of Governor Gboyega Oyetola is determined to protect the vulnerable and the less privileged.
She urged parents to take good care of their children, saying those found maltreating their wards will be dealt with according to the Laws of the State.
The father of the girl identified as prophet Samson Olatoke, founder of C& S, Ileri Ayo parish Ikirun, disclosed that they decided to lock her up due to her health issue.
The victim’s mother said that Opeyemi’s health started to deteriorate when she shouted from her sleep at age four and since then she was lame.
“I did not give birth to Opeyemi with disability, it all started when she was 4years old, that day she shouted from her sleep and that was how she became lame.” she said.
The founder of Value Female Network NGO, Dr. Mrs. Aderibigbe Costly, explained that an anonymous source disclosed the information to the organization.
“The source said that a man had locked up his physically challenged child in an abandoned family house for 5years in ikirun, adding that the father of the child only feeds the girl once in awhile,” said Mrs Aderibigbe.
“Based on the information we started our investigation, it was in the process of the investigation that we got the number of the elder brother of the girl that was locked up we were later able to locate the house. As an NGO located in the State of Osun we work closely with the ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs, let me use this medium to commend the Government of the state of Osun through the Ministry of Women Children and social Affairs for prompt response which has led to the rescue of the girl.”
Presently, Opeyemi’s father and brother have been arrested by the police.
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