A 32-year-old Ahmed Aminu was chained by his father and stepmother in an unused garage like an animal for seven years in Farawa Baban Layi Mariri quarters, Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.
He was accused of drug abuse by his father, Aminu Farawa who locked him.
Aminu was all skeleton because sometimes they forget about him for days with no food.
With the help of a human rights group, Aminu was rescued on Thursday afternoon.
Sources said a resident of the area, Rahama Muhammad, alerted a human rights activist who informed the police about Aminu’s plight.
A one-minute video clip, which has gone viral online, shows Rahama saying “I have fulfilled my promise of rescuing him”.
With only rags on him, Aminu was emaciated and had lost his physical strength at the time he was rescued.
“His stepmother tried to hide him when the police arrived, insisting that he was not in the house. After a search, police eventually succeeded in rescuing him”.
“Commissioner said she told he was 16-years-old but he is 32-years-old, that’s why I came myself because people give wrong information sometimes. But when I saw his photo I got scared, I called Aunty Gambo and Rahama to take him to the hospital I will do anything, I will take care of everything I will transfer 50000 naira to start his treatment.” Alhamdulillah Rabil’alamina even though I am going to do something for him I want the government to do something about it.”
However, the state Police PRO, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident. He, however, disclosed that they were still gathering information and will brief the press later.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Police Command said: “We wish to inform members of the general public that on the 13 August 2020 at about 2315hrs, information received revealed that one Aminu Farawa’s’ locked up his biological son, one Ahmed Aminu ‘m’ 32-years-old of the same address inside his car garage within his house for about seven years without proper feeding and health care.”
According to the image-maker of the Nigeria Police, a team of Operation Puff-Adder was raised and immediately swung into action, adding that the victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted.
The father was also arrested. Preliminary investigations revealed that “the father confessed to having locked-up the victim for three (3) years on allegation of suspected Drug-Abuse.”
However, the Command’s Commissioner of Police CP Habu A. Sani ordered the case to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for discreet Investigations.