From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
In less than one week, police in Kano rescued two men locked up by their relatives between seven and 15 years as punishment for committing offences their families viewed as shameful.
Instead of handing over the victims to security agencies, they rather subjected them to solitary confinement without proper feeding and medical care.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, Ahmed Aminu ,(30) was rescued from the hands of his own father Aminu Farawa who locked up his son inside a car garage for seven years, as punishment for allegedly smoking Marijuana.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna said, “the Kano State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on August 13, information received revealed that one Aminu Farawa of Farawa Quarters, Kumbotso LGA Kano State, locked up his biological son, one Ahmed Aminu, 30 years old of the same address inside his car garage within his house for about seven years without proper feeding and health care.
“A Team of Operation Puff-Adder was raised and immediately swung into action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted.
“The father was arrested. Preliminary investigations revealed that the father confessed to have locked-up the victim for seven years on allegation of suspected Drug-Abuse.
“However, the Command’s Commissioner of Police CP Habu A. Sani, ordered the Case be transferred to State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for Discreet Investigations.”
The Police spokesman also confirmed that police on Sunday, rescued another 35-year old Ibrahim Lawan, imprisoned by his parents for a period of 15 years in Sheka, Unguwar Fulani of Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna said the victim was rescued by the Police Medical Team and Operatives of Operation Puff Adder, adding that while the victim has been moved to hospital for treatment, a full scale investigation has been launched to unravel the circumstances that led to the ugly incident.