The Lagos State Police Command over the weekend rescued 13 children and 15 adults been repotedly chained and locked up by one Emmanuel Adeyemi at the Oke-ira area of Ojodu, Lagos state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos,SP, who confirmed the incidence said the command had received a report through Area ‘G’ Command Headquarters, Ogba, that a child was chained in a house at Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Fatai Owoseni, acting on a tip-off, immediately deployed policemen from the Area G Command Headquarters to the scene.
And on arrival, a teenager named Toba Adedoyin ‘m’, aged 17, was found in a room with a chain on his legs. The victim was allegedly chained by one Emmanuel Adeyemi ‘m’ who claimed to be his father, in order to restrain him from going out.
But further search of the premises led to the discovery of other people chained by the suspect. He said:
“A total number of 28 persons, comprising six adult males, nine adult females, seven female children and six male children were rescued and taken to protective custody.”
Adding that: “A suspect has been arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation as the command is working assiduously to get to the root of the occurrence.”
Meanwhile, the State Government has expressed its resolve to fully enforce the Properties Protection Law recently signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, reaffirming it would not hesitate to use the instrumentality of the law to decisively deal with anyone who forcefully dispossess people of their legitimate rights to land.
This was contained in a in a statement issued by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, stating that the government would also not allow anyone forcefully collect money for foundation, roofing and fencing, among others from innocent citizens.