Teenage Girl Locked Up In A Cage By Father For 30 Months In Bayelsa. He Say’s She Is A Witch

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Teenage Girl Locked Up In A Cage By Father For 30 Months In Bayelsa. He Say’s She Is A Witch

A teenage girl said to have been locked up in a wooden cage
for about 30 months by her parents over alleged strange
ailment attributed to witchcraft has finally been released by
members of a foundation.

The rescued victim, a twin, identified as Blessing Olokumo,
an indigene of Ayibatari quarter, Opokuma, in Kolokuma-
Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State,
according to investigation conducted by the group, was
diagnosed with a strange illness.
According to the acting President of the foundation, Comrade
Tonyon Ebitei Robert, the strange illness led to the isolation of
the girl by her parents due to her alleged constant incidence
of defecation and soiling of the house.
Father of the girl, who is also a twin, allegedly built the cage
and locked up the girl to keep her away from the main
“She was kept like a rabbit. She was given food when it is
available and was allowed to sleep in her vomit, faeces and
urine. She lost weight and could have died,” Robert alleged.
According to her, the group known for its campaign against
maltreatment of twin child in the state, was contacted by
concerned indigenes of Okolobiri community where the
Olokumo family resides.
The first attempt by members of the group to reach the
caged child was allegedly rebuffed by the father but their next
trip was fruitful as he handed the child to them.
The rescued child was reportedly taken to the teaching
hospital for proper medical treatment.
Though the father of the girl could not be reached for
comment as he was said to have absconded from home,
some indigenes of the community condemned the act,
describing it as callous and wicked.
SOURCE: Vanguard

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