Osun State Government has rescued a 20-year-old woman locked up in an abandoned house by her family 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, while confirming the development revealed that the matter was reported to her office by an NGO; Value Female Network.
“The ministry swiftly swung into action to rescue the victim. As I speak now, the girl who is emancipated has been taken for medical attention which bills would be footed by the state government,” the Commissioner added.
The founder of Value Female Network NGO, Dr. Mrs. Aderibigbe, explained that an anonymous source disclosed the information to the organization.
She further explained, “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.
“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.”
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.
According to the victim’s mother, “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.”
Presently, Opeyemi’s father and mother have been arrested by the police.