A teenager, Onyeka John, has regained her freedom after she was reportedly chained to the burglar-proof bars by her mother for about a month.
The girl and her parents lives in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
The teenager was tied by her parents on the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness.
It was gathered that the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl, Punch reports.
The landlord alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division.
The resident, who begged not to be named, said the girl’s parents eventually showed up at the police station and made statements.
He said, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs. Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”
The landlord, Olubajo, disclosed that he wanted to take up the matter with the parents, but some residents prevailed on him not to do so.
He explained that he met the girl naked in the apartment, adding that the condition she was could frustrate her to commit suicide.
Olubajo said, “When I saw her chained to the burglar-proof bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them.
“The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd. but I didn’t know they could go to the extent of chaining the ir daughter.
“People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday). The conclusion we reached is that I want them out of my house. They also claimed the girl is mentally ill. Even if she is mentally challenged, was that the right way to go about it? She could have killed herself.”
Onyeka’s father, said he and his wife meant no harm for the girl.
He said, “She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case was under investigation.
“The lady is suffering from mental illness. Her parents chained her to prevent her from entering the street, and without intention to harm her,” she added.