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17-year-old girl allegedly starved, beaten, and imprisoned in a goat pen by her aunt has been rescued in Plateau

17 year old girl imprisoned by Aunt

Men of Plateau State Police Command has rescued a 17-year-old, allegedly kept captive in a goat cage by her aunt for more than a week in Rikkos, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

This girl was  saved when a concerned neighbor reported that act to National Human Rights Commission, whon turn reported it the police .

17 year old girl imprisoned by Aunt

On Friday, November 18, 2022,  a statement was issued  confirming the girl’s rescue by Mrs. Grace Pam who is the Plateau coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission.

In her word

“The commission received information from an anonymous

complainant that the girl was locked up on the balcony of a

house by her aunt. She was living with her grandmother

before she came to the aunt’s house because the

grandmother was ill and could not continue to care for her.

The complainant alleged that the aunt traveled for close to

a week and left the girl without food. Investigation

revealed that the girl was truly malnourished and had

scars on her hands, neck, and other parts of her body.

The marks resulted from incessant beatings she received

from her aunt. The matter was reported to the police

where the aunt’s statement was taken upon return from her trip.
The girl has been provided with temporary shelter until she

recovers. We also found out that the orphan girl was never

allowed to go out, but was locked up in the house and not

fed. She has been taken to hospital by one of our partners

to ensure proper medical care”

Pam lamented the recent rise in incidents of child abuse and appealed with citizens to stop abuses, pointing out that “as we

speak, there is a case of another victim, a nine-year-old

girl, who came to stay with her aunt barely two months

ago. We had to rescue her on Thursday from her aunt; she

beat her mercilessly, but thank God, she did not get her

blind, but got her injured in the eye. We took her to the

hospital on Friday with scars resulting from serious

beatings.

When our staff went there, she was locked up in a zinc

house where the aunt keeps her goats. The girl is looking

forward to going back to her parents” she said.