Police in Sokoto state has rescued a 12-year-old girl, Joy Emmanuel, locked up and starved for for eight months by her guardians identified as Bassey and Esther Emmanuel at their residence in the Sokoto Cinema area in Sokoto North Local Government Area.
Joy was locked up and deprived of food because of her unstable mental condition.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the Sokoto State Police Spokesman, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, said the the girl was rescued on Thursday, May 13 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.
Abubakar said the girl 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.