An 80-year-old woman and another 39-year-old lady have been arrested by men of the Anambra State Police Command after they kept three children inside a house and subjected them to inhumane conditions, the state police command announced on Saturday, February 20.
The two women, 80-year-old Mrs Chidi Felicia Nwafor and 39-year-old Rejoice Raymond, both living at Akunwanta Mbamalu Street, Federal Housing Estate, 3-3 Area, Anambra State, were said to have kept the three children, two boys and a girl, in terrible conditions, subjecting them to physical and emotional torture without feeding and inflicting several wounds on their body leaving them unconscious.
The photographs of the three children whose ages are put at between eight and 10 years old in the inhumane conditions the police found them are too gory to be published.
According to a statement by the state police command through its Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, posted on its Facebook Wall, the women, who are living together, kept the children, whose parents are unknown, in different rooms in the house and subjected them to torture and other bad treatments in the house for months.
It was gathered that following information received by some neighbours about the treatment of the children, policemen attached to attached to 3-3 Police Station, Nkwelle Ezunaka, went to the house and arrested the two women who are apparently mother and daughter.
During their arrest, various fetish itens were found inside the house while the three children were promptly rescued and taken to a hospital.
According to the statement: "On 19/2/2021 at about 5:50 p.m., following intelligence report, police operatives attached to 3-3 Police Station, Nkwelle Ezunaka, arrested two women.
"They are Rejoice Raymond, aged 39 years of Akunwanta Mbamalu Street, Federal Housing Estate, 3-3 Area, Anambra State and Mrs Chidi Felicia Nwafor, aged 80 years of same address.
"The two women confined three children (two boys and a girl) inside different rooms for two months at Number 13, Akunwanta Mbamalu Street, Federal Housing Estate, 3-3 Nkwelle Ezunaka and subjected them to physical and emotional torture without feeding. They also inflicted several wounds on their bodies.
"Scene was visited by the DPO, 3-3 Division, CSP Abdu Bawa, where a gory sights of badly battered victims, one with a broken arm, were found. Their parents were neither seen nor known.
"Meanwhile, the children were rescued and rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
"During their arrest, some fetish substances, blood-stained canes, concoctions and other incriminating items were all recovered inside the rooms and registered as exhibits.
"Consequently,the Commissioner of Police has ordered for a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case after which suspects would be brought to justice."
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